Crystal Growth (Zone fuori controllo)


Crystal Growth, part of the cycle Zone Fuori Controllo, is a stereoscopic 3D animation comprising a claustrophobic path within a cave, where viewers can witness the formation and uncontrolled growth of crystals. It is a work on the creative and destructive energy of nature, molecular aggregation, the transformation of forms and their unfolding from microcosm to macrocosm. In keeping with the process of crystallisation, these mysterious three-dimensional presences give rise to complex and unpredictable forms recalling archaic and primitive nature. The forms created and modelled with the digital 3D technique are inspired by nanomolecular images to which I attribute a new identity through a process of analysis of visual perception. In this way contemplation of the object is replaced by the verification of a hypothesis that passes through an inversion of meaning.

The cycle of stereoscopic 3D animations of Zone Fuori Controllo which include Waterproof, Crystal Growth, Rompere le acque and Fire Flows, is dedicated to urgently current problems such as natural disasters and ecological disruption. They are “other landscapes” which establish a direct relationship with reality, an unpredictable trip through the waves of a sea storm, the mysterious gorges of a grotto, the lava flow of a volcano, or the collision of huge icebergs. The series is inspired by the idea of the sublime, and is also intended as a tribute to the protagonists of Romantic painting, such as Caspar David Friedrich or William Turner. The elements were created and modelled with the 3D digital technique, and can be regarded as the equivalent of virtual sculptures. They were inspired by nanomolecular images I have seen with the help of extremely powerful electronic microscopes. Each element is determined by a renewed visual perception, as one might imagine that every ounce of matter contains the forms and energies of the universe. The 3D stereoscopic projections enhance the mysterious, ambiguous side of forms, confronting us with an ‘aesthetic uncanny’ that undermines the coherence of our perceptual synthesis. This kind of vision envelops the whole body of observers, allowing them to take an immersive, exciting trip through the natural universe, which manifests itself in all its explosive energy. In these works, I intend to suggest a new aesthetic vision, defined by a set of reflections on current issues, such as natural or environmental disasters. As modern humanity contemplates the spectacle of catastrophe, it must first of all ask itself questions about the form and meaning of its responsibilities. What shines through the contemporary face of catastrophe is not only the violence that springs from nature’s energy, but the presumption of individuals who believe they can govern the destiny of the universe without respecting the ecosystem.