Photo: Christopher Brielmaier

BRAINWASHER

(iter. 1, Basal Beat), 2020
36 seconds, loop
Multimedia audiovisual installation

The animator and video artist Stan VanDerBeek identified early on in the advent of telecommunication that the amount of visual information being run through our skulls was steadily increasing, and starting to make heads spin. He referred to the mounting bombardment of images as "visual velocity".

If a picture is worth a thousand words, and video plays at a speed of at least 30 frames per second, then watching a video is like getting blasted with 30,000 words PER SECOND! And here we are gawking at our phones and laptops all day. It's like running a fire hose through our skulls. It's no surprise hardly anything from the stream ever sticks. It's even less of a surprise that when something from outside the stream - such as a rare venture outdoors - leaves far more of an impact.

The Brainwasher was conceptualized, in part, to distill the evermore common experience of oscillating between the inundation and overstimulation of the online world, and the soothing simplicity of a return to nature.

Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Conceptual sketch

Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Photo: Christopher Brielmaier

CONCEPTUALIZATION

Center Pivot (iter. 1, Social Media Feedback) (2017) - Joshuah Jest

Vantage Condensate (2018) - Joshuah Jest

Screen shape study.

Initial rendering (Autumn)

Initial rendering (Shore)

Initial rendering (Beach)

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

INSPIRATION

TV Garden (1974) - Nam June Paik

The Architect scene from The Matrix (1999)

SONAR surveillance machine from The Dark Knight (2008)

Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias in his Antarctic retreat. Watchmen (2009)

The Seven Screen Pavillion (2012) - Kanye West and OMA

Avengers Endgame (2019)

Algae Window (2020) - Olafur Eliasson

Brainwasher

Role
Artist / Designer
For
Open Now @ Seismique
Date
December, 2020
Commissioned By:
Seismique
Special Thanks:
Professional Scenic Services