Interactive Installation, 2019
Highly connected geometric patterns are an important motif in art and design in islamic culture. Through repetition, transformation and layering, surprisingly complex visual systems can emerge from simple figures. The patterns become more than the sum of their parts.
The creation of such patterns is usually an exercise in careful planning and geometric rigor. In Configuration 00, this work is delegated to a software which reacts dynamically to user input. This input is the momentary body pose of the visitor, from which the program instantly constructs a fluctuating symmetrical structure. Each pattern lasts just for a moment and is specific to the action of the individual person.
Configuration 00 was developed and produced during a residency for the media art festival “See Djerba 2019”, which took place in August and September in the Town Houmet Souk on the Tunesian Island Djerba. It was shown at the Musee Du Patrimoine Traditionnel De Djerba (Museum of Traditional Heritage of Djerba). The goal was to create a very accessible work which connects traditional with digital artwork.
The title of the work is ambiguous. “00” could mean that there is no fixed configuration. Brought close enough to each other, the two zeros form an infinity symbol; as there is an infinite number of possible patterns.