The new exhibition at Berg by Nordan Art includes this fabulous, sim-sized installation by Haveit Neox. ‘Fading Mask’ consists of a central structure in an infinite golden sea and surrounded by well over a hundred figures; everything appears crafted out of printed paper in a way that makes me think immediately of papier mâché activities at primary school.
A poem written by the artist and provided by means of a description of the exhibit (collect it on a notecard from the main gallery) suggests (to me) that it concerns the human need to create ‘truth’ through the telling and affirmation of stories:
we concoct the truth, don’t we, rather than see it
then we march with the like-minded to affirm our stories
There is a machinima of the piece created by Haveit that can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/150317187. It includes a quite hauntingly beautiful electronic soundtrack – strongly evocative, for me, of Orbital – which Kate Bergdorf is currently hoping to provide on stream for visitors to Berg by Nordan Art for the duration of the exhibition. I had it playing on repeat in the background whilst I made my own visit, and it was aweseome.
It’s very difficult to convey in words any sense of the piece beyond this, except to say that it’s a quite stunning thing to visit, one which you just want to stand in and absorb, one which makes me look forward even more to the day I get my Oculus Rift and get to step inside huge creations like this.
For more information about the exhibition, see here.