The installation refers to the architecture of the monumental Buckminster Fuller’s dome built for Expo 67 in Montreal. Fuller perceived Earth as a homeostat traversing the cosmos and made the chances of survival and existence of humanity subject to its state of internal balance and the ability to support each other’s elements. “Tessell” explores Fuller’s geometric divisions by presenting vision of the globe as seen from afar that is constantly being (de)constructed.
“Tessel” is a spherical sphere divided into triangles (see: “tessellation”) that react to movement of the audience in the monitored space – the dynamics of which is translated into the way the triangles move – and equipped with an interactive soundtrack, which was designed using rare and relatively new synthesis technique, the so-called “rungler” technique, invented by the Scandinavian artist and designer, Rob Hordijk.
The sphere-like space frame structure is superimposed with the real-time image, reflecting immediate surroundings, and mixed with the video image featuring enigmatic light phenomena. At times you can see the texture of Earth, another reference to Fuller’s speculation and concept of “spaceship Earth”.
You can also interact with the work by Janicki and WROcenter Group with your smartphone or tablet. By clicking on this link TESSELL, you get access to a simple interface that allows you to communicate with the installation and influence the split and geometry of the solid, among others, but also the parameters of a custom algorithm that gives you the possibility to deform the surface of the virtual object by making use of the brightness of pixels.
The installation was premiered simultaneously at both WRO Art Center in Wroclaw and the Koszyki Hall | Griffin Art Space in Warsaw. Both locations were telematically coupled so that messages sent through the interface for mobile devices contribute the installation effects in both Wroclaw and Warsaw.