‘Little Boxes’ projection mapping by Alinta Krauth
While projection mapping is sometimes a generic spectacle, there are artists who transcend the genre. Alinta Krauth’s work Little Boxes, a combination of projection mapping and visual art, is a hypnotizing world of exploding color and light, where animation beams from origami sculpture as if by magic, and kaleidoscopic patterns shift between shapes as if on little origami television screens. She has transformed the use of a projector and software to become truly a fine art.
But what is her artwork about, what theme is she attempting to address with her magic? Well, climate change is upon us. This planet has lost 50% of its wildlife in the last 40 years. Old-growth forests have been devastated. Keystone animal species have been chased out of their homes to the detriment of the earth itself.
Another keystone creature greatly affected by humans and climate change is the bat. The flying fox or ‘megabat’, in particular, is a misunderstood nocturnal pollinator that helps spawn rainforests and keeps our crops alive. But in our minds it sits on the borderline between mystical and cute, beautiful and scary. In gothic literature, and still today, the flying fox is a creature of darkness that has inspired some of the world’s bestselling novels and movies. While they are internationally loved, and ecologically important, some humans who reside near them have a different view, particularly in light of recent global panic and media hype surrounding the Ebola virus. This juxtaposition is made worse differing levels of education on flying foxes and viruses. The flying fox has moved further south across the world, and further into suburbs due to climate change and habitat destruction, and thus this creature represents a key issue of sustainability, global warming, and human/animal disruption.
And Alinta’s creation Little Boxes, confronts this issue, and proposes the flying fox as a creature of light, rather than darkness. Little Boxes brings together the worlds of projection mapping, conceptual glitch art, origami, and education of ecological sustainability, by projecting glitched data, film, and animation onto origami-inspired sculptures of flying foxes and abstract trees. Her work calls upon the viewer to rethink their notions of the wildlife/human relationship without media hype. And as the viewer moves around these creations, they learn to consider themselves as part of nocturnal structure.
To Krauth, it is important to use art and entertainment to bring scientific education to a wider audience. Her kaleidoscopic world ties together ecology and glitch art through the concept of disruption. An environmental disruption exists between us, whereby we disrupt their habitat and in turn some believe that they are disrupting ours. Glitch art is a digital data disruption, and an assault on the senses, that finds the beautiful and poetic in disorder and disarrangement. Although you can’t tell from these pictures, the piece is also aided by music. The music of this piece was created by “taking maps of local rivers and using their shapes to create musical notation” says Alinta.
And in the end, we reach a rare nirvana, the space between technical prowess, true ingenuity, artistic wonderment, wrapped in a most urgent call for us to rethink our relationships with the creations around us.
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By guest reviewer Jason Nelson.