Mapping Festival 2012 – A/V Installation Reviews

The first in our series of reports from this years Mapping Festival, Geneva. Currently in it’s 8th year, The organisers of Mapping Festival are back with a line-up featuring the best artists, installations and shows, from around the world.

Thursday 17th was a bank holiday in Geneva, so it proved the perfect day for recovering from the ‘Tropical Beats’ club event the previous night and checking out this years A/V installations, which were set up in the BAC.

Danny Perreault (CA) – Flow

Flow is the first project you encounter as you enter the performance space, it is an audio visual installation which explores the fragmentation of projections in 3D space. The piece aims to break up the conventions of what we perceive as a screen, so that the viewer is surrounded by the abstract imagery and can choose from which position they wish to observe the unfolding geometric abstractions and light fluctuations. FLOW uses it’s multiple screens to absorb the viewer and anchor their mind in a unifying experience at that present time.

Joanie Lemercier (AntiVJ/FR) – Eyjafjallajokull

Inspired by the Icelandic volcanic eruption, which wreaked travel chaos across Europe earlier this year, Anti-VJ’s latest installation focuses on minimal aesthetics and optical trickery, creating an illusion of depth where their in none. Initially designed for their onedotzero residency in New York in April 2010.

Painted directly onto 2 large walls, the wireframed scenery is slowly revealed by gentle light effects. The audiences senses are progressively challenged as as the piece progresses, making them question their perception of space.

Aleksandra Dulic (CA) – In a Thousand Drops… Refracted Glances

Taking the form of 110 screens of varying sizes, ‘A Thousand Drops’ projects body parts in a mosaic-like fashion. Asking the viewer to acknowledge the multiplicity that we live in today, the parts begin to unify into recognisable shapes such as a face in profile moving through the screens, whilst still being constructed from a kaleidoscope of separate body parts from many different people.

Pascal Dufaux (CA) – Déjà vu

Deja Vu takes the form of a mechanical device which incorporates camera, lighting and mirrors to capture the surrounding space and anything within it. Then project it onto the walls with a time delay and film how people interact with these images, which are then in turn filmed and re-projected back into the space to form an eternal feedback loop. This digital/mechanical reconstruction of the phenomenon of Deja Vu is enchanting and absorbing as the viewer begins to realise that they do not have to play a passive role.

The work really comes alive when children interact with it, as they have less inhibitions than adults, they become wrapped up in the endless possibilities of seeing their past selves re-injected into the performance space.

Daniel Canogar (ES) – Scanner

A web-like tangle of cables and wires hang in this unique installation which is in a converted crude-oil tank. White lines are beamed onto the sculpture to give the powerful effect of sparks and energy flowing through the entire work. As the viewer observes the flow of light through the space, parallels are drawn between the human circulatory system and the flow of data that has infiltrated our daily lives.

Frederik De Wilde (BE) – UMwelt-VIRUtopia

A collective of mini robots equipped with laser beam technology exhibit swarming behaviours and in doing so create a choreograph of light and sound. The arena they perform on is disc-like and filled with smoke which gives it an ethereal, dreamlike quality. The concept of the piece plays on the idea of borders, both physically, geographically and psychologically. What are borders and can they be crossed and broken?

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