A crystalline cave with empathy.
Imagine standing under a canopy of lights, surrounded by glowing stalagtites suspended above you. Vastly different from a still, rock-solid cave, you'd find anywhere in nature, Epiphyte Chamber, by Philip Beesley Architects, is an “archipelago of interconnected halo-like masses" that mimic the viewer’s body and feelings, according to the artist.
Residing at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea in conjunction with the interactive Aleph Project, the installation moves slightly and almost breathes, as visitors walk into this enormous work of art. You might notice a tremor in one corner of the brilliantly-lit sculpture, only to see it affect the rest of the piece. You hear a whisper behind you, only to have it amplified in every part of the sculpture. One reaction leads to another, causing changes all around you.
Named after the non-parasitic epiphytes plant that grows on other plants--sharing the same resources, but not stealing from each other--the sculpture accomplishes a similar feat. The installation was made of “densely interwoven structures” that were created digitally, and the whole piece gives the illusion of having its own pulse and soul.
The brainshild of the Philip Beesley team, the project is meant to explore the relationship between art and media, and how personal experiences are shaped by a man-made environment.
Step into this chamber and watch how one tiny sensation leads to another, then another, then another--and ponder how inseparable and interconnected both our natrual and artificial worlds can truly be.
Epiphyte Chamber is part of the inaugural Aleph Exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea.The contents of the exhibit illustrate the various complexifying effects that exist anywhere from microorganism to galaxies as can be found through observing stars in the sky or observing symbiotic relationships among objects. The exhibition illustrates how a minute change can lead to drastic variations in the future.
The work is currently on display through March 16, 2014.