Time becomes a precarious dimension with "Onion Skin" and 14 minutes can feel like an eternity, or two.
Do you know that sensation when you reflect one mirror into another and stare into the infinite abyss that is created? If you raise your hand, a million parallel hands wave back, piquing curiosity about what could exist beyond the surface.
Olivier Ratsi, visual artist and co-founder of visual label Antivj, has captured that odd, prickly feeling in his recent light installation "Onion Skin." It's unbearably difficult to witness this spectacle without feeling your brain turn and twist in that specific sense that's equal parts frustrating and exhilarating.
Like looking into the intersection of two mirrors, "Onion Skin" requires that viewers stand between a module of two wall-sized screens positioned at right angles that display cornea-melting visuals made from classic 2D and 3D software programs.
The installation is a 14 minute experience set to 5.1 surround sound produced by ANTIVJ collaborator, Thomas Vaquié. Each visual element matches a particular sound, and they evolve together, thus forming a sound track. Ratsi told The Creators Project that this sound-visual-perspective symbiosis "must be considered an inseparable unit. It can't be dissociated."
Though the experience lasts for less than a quarter hour, time becomes a precarious dimension during the four part visual narrative and 14 minutes can feel like an eternity, or two.