<p>Romain Tardy’s <i>Pagan</i> is the perfect antidote to holiday excess.</p>
After the last week or so of rituals that mix the secular with the religious and excessive, you could be forgiven for not wanting to see anything to do with tradition, at least until at least it’s time to buy chocolate eggs. But this projection-mapped piece, Pagan from AntiVJ‘s Romain Tardy, mixes polymorphism with digital technology so you get a telling of pagan mythology that is unlike any you’ve seen before.
Tardy says the installation was “inspired by a sculpture of a bacchanalian head from the 3rd century” (below), which it uses as a centerpiece to journey off into abstracted wonder, shown on the exterior of the Musee Saint-Raymond in Toulouse, France. Tardy explains:
Using the idea of polymorphism that is a feature of the ancient gods, the head becomes almost invisible when integrated to the structure made of an abstract network of straight lines. The light will reveal several patterns, from abstract constellations to enigmatic symbols that will affect the rest of the building.
The Bacchanalian sculpture
With audio accompaniment by Squeaky Lobster this chromatically sparse collection of floating constellations and linear abstractions should be just the medicine to blow away any garish, multicolored holiday cobwebs still lingering in your fuzzy back-to-work mind.
You can find out more about Tardy and his colleagues in our short documentary on AntiVJ, below.