Fluid, shimmering patterns flow on the surface of a luminescent orb suspended in space, tones oscillating, encompassing the room. ANIMA (2014) is an immersive installation that investigates the emotional relationship between humans and artificial entities, through the use of movement, texture, light and sound.
The spherical imagery, which emanates from inside the object, is achieved by use of a single projector coupled with a hemispherical lens. Both image and sound are generated in real-time, based on the entity's contingent perception of our presence.
ANIMA interprets our behaviour and portrays its character by responding to the viewer with an array of audiovisual expressions. Through this behavioural process, the installation creates the illusion of being a sensory autonomous entity, thereby challenging us to reflect upon our position in relation to artificially created intelligence. ANIMA creates the context which allows us to investigate the extent to which an object can feel, acquire agency, or even possess a soul.
The artwork was presented as part of the Nuit Blanche 2018 in Paris.
Sound Design: Salvador Breed
Commissioned by: Fondation EDF