Gina Czarnecki presents Cell Mass N2 at Direct Digital. This was the first exhibition of the work, which featured alongside other video and interactive works by artists including Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, Andy Warhol, Sam Taylor-Wood, Tony Oursler, Julian Opie, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Mimmo Rotella, amongst others.
Cell Mass N2 is a large-scale, surround sound, immersive installation. The imagery of Cell Mass N2 evolves from complex masses of cell-like structures, to graceful friezes of bodies whose movement is distorted in time, creating tableaux both breathtaking in beauty and rich in texture. Eventually, the intertwined bodies resemble a new life form, observed like a biological sample, in flux, multiplying, mutating.
The work was developed from material filmed for Czarnecki’s award-winning audiovisual work Nascent, the public realm work Spine, and the award-winning theatrical performance with Australian Dance Theatre and Louis Philippe Demers’ Devolution (2006). Cell Mass N2 takes raw footage of improvised and choreographed performance by Australian Dance Theatre, to which Czarnecki applied digital compositional techniques in the editing stage. The result is a powerful and compelling hybrid of visual art, experimental media, technology and dance.
As in Nascent and Spine, a specially commissioned soundtrack composed by acclaimed Austrian electronic artist Christian Fennesz accompanies the work.
Direct digital is a new media art event presented by the cultural association Artegenti.
Produced by Forma and supported by Arts Council England
Sound by Fennesz
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