The Solar Orchard Garden is a complex system that activates the curiosity of visitors / participants by play with two complementary concepts: quintessence, the fifth element of alchemy, and the Gaia Hypothesis, which looks at Earth as a self-regulated complex system.
The Stargazer installation is a 360° semi-spherical space that interacts with visitors, on site and online by Mozilla HUB, to create wonder and co-creative experiences.
The Amazonia experience is a participatory dynamic combining real performances with advanced technology installations from real time COVID-19 expansion to the sounds coming from the space. Nature is always more powerful than human technology.
Solar Orchard Garden – Quintessence and Gaia Hypothesis
Curiosity and Complexity defines Solar Orchard Garden on the basis of two concepts: quintessence, the fifth element described by alchemy, and the Gaia Hypothesis formulated in the seventies.
Humans have always looked up to the skies for otherness and origin – god, knowledge, destination, life. At the same time, Earth a self-regulating complex system, organic and inorganic at once, orchestrates the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere.
The on site and online visitors / participants of the Solar Orchard Garden are invited to participate in two complex experiences: Stargazer and Amazonia.
Stargazer is an experiment of hybrid presence, an artwork situated between two interconnected sites – a dome projection in Barcelona and the virtual world in Mozilla Hubs.
The virtual world of Stargazer draws its visual inspiration from a pre-scientific understanding of the cosmos, materialised as Platonic solids. It encourages visitors to engage playfully, create and share their own mini narratives as pictures and question the concepts of communication, distance, time and presence. It’s like sending a virtual message in a bottle into space: The pictures alter the dome projection site in Barcelona, where visitors observe changes to their visual environment in real time. Who sees these messages, what is their impact, and how will they respond?
The Amazonia experience shows Earth as a continuous ecological equilibrium with the Sun, its source of energy and an extreme danger to life, from COVID-19 spreading across the globe to ritualistic performances that demonstrate to contemporary, Anthropocenic humans, how Nature always calls the shots.
- Espronceda, Institute of Art and Culture:
- Institut Ramon Llull
- MIRA Festival
- Helsinki XR Center
- MEET Digital Culture Center
- ./studio3, Institut for Experimental Architecture
- UCA (University for the Creative Arts)
- Eyesberg Studio
- Kimatica Studio
- Be Another Lab
- Garage Stories
Quintessence Dome Lab Award Ceremony Award ceremony/ curated visit to the winner installation/ panel discussion. QUINTESSENCE DOME LAB is a 4 weeks artist residence organized by Espronceda, Institute of Art and Culture (IMMENSIVA) in collaboration with Mira Festival, UCA, MEET Digital Center Milan, Helsinki XR Centre and with the funding of Institut Ramon Llull. The participants will create an immersive project in different teams. In this ceremony the winner will be announced and the work showcased in a live connection.
Late Night Party.
The Glad Scientist and TribeXR
Live Music/ VR experience/ performance The Glad Scientist, is an innovative genre pushing virtual reality artist and musician. He is based in Osaka, however his work is known worldwide. His work includes live Audio Visual performances incorporating EKG technology, VR, and more: VR DJ dance party Sponsored by TribeXR will be a fun addition to the dome allowing a place to break free, dance, and enjoy the talents of worldwide Virtual Reality DJ’s.
Performer: Anna Pompermaier (AT), Project Artists: Cenk Guzelis (AT), Josecarlos Florez (PE), Mohsen Hazrati (IR)
A xenotransplantative skin Live Performance/ Digital interaction The xenotransplantative skin project behaves as a digital skin that interfaces human and non-human entities to change spatial perception, create sensual friction, construct a self-image through detachments from bodily self and a space of negotiation between the self and the other self, oscillating between virtual and physical.
LGM#2” Quadrature (GE), “Temazcalli” Josecarlos Florez (PE), “Simulacrum” María Almena (ES), “ABVXHMN” Cenk Güzelis, Anna Pompermaier, Burkart Schwaighofer, “RTTT” Mohsen Hazrati (IR), “A fourth dimensional travel guide” Kris Pilcher (US).
The Gaia Hypothesis Exhibition / Curated visit by artists and curator “Amazonia” is a collective exhibition curated by Alejandro Martín that goes from the sounds coming from space to the earth to Mesoamerican indigenous ceremony. Combining ritualistic dance with interactive screens and AR/VR experiences, Amazonia speaks to the current pandemic situation where the Ecosystem rules over humans, altering the dynamics of the Anthropocene era. The Amazon is burning by human actions and at the same time the power of Nature has the ability to re-initiate the “game” following the Gaia hypothesis.
Kris Pilcher (US), Cenk Guzelis (AT), Josecarlos Florez (PE), Quadrature (DE) and Mohsen Hazrati (IR), Curated by Santeri Suominen (FI)
“Stargazer” is a hybrid deeply participatory installation, which consists of two complementary and connected parts: a globally accessible mysterious virtual reality world in Mozilla Hubs and a spherical projection site in Barcelona. It encourages attendees into spatial exploration and deep engagement, to traverse a border between a virtual and physical world and connect with someone on the other side: Ars Electronica visitors from around the world can meet and interact with local people in Barcelona by visiting the space in Mozilla Hubs and interacting with its elements, and vice versa, Barcelona locals can interact with an international audience by visiting the dome projection site and engaging with its elements.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Institut Ramon Llull