<em>Topologies</em><br /> Installation view at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, France

Topologies, 2010
Tiepolo, Immacolata Concezione Velazquez, Las Meninas
Two-channel HD video (color, sound), computer, screen or projector
3 min 20 sec, loop
Dimensions variable, portrait orientation
Edition of 3

Installation view at La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, France.

view video excerpt of Tiepolo,
Immacolata Concezione

view video excerpt of Velazquez,
Las Meninas

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In Quayola’s works such as Topologies the viewer is dislocated in time. In this piece, the painted surfaces of two pieces from the Museo del Prado collection, Las Meninas (1656) by Velázquez and The Immaculate Conception (1767) by Tiepolo, transform into animated movement. Produced in high definition for a commission by the British Film Institute and onedotzero, this video installation interrupts our expectations of space, re-imagining the calculation behind such masterpieces.

The Topologies installation boldly challenges, yet still submits to, the art object’s myth of perfection and aura, hanging in a church or museum. Transporting this beauty into a virtual realm, Quayola rigorously investigates the surface details of each object. Pure geometry and abstraction take over, as he reframes his subjects using a computational method of triangulation. In the format of a diptych, Velázquez is positioned on the left and Tiepolo on the right. In each panel, hundreds of thousands of polygons and points comprise a wire frame core that mathematically contorts and regenerates, driven by a soundscape that visually is determined.

This piece is the first in Quayola’s Strata series to break a composition down into complete abstraction. It can be displayed vertically or horizontally (as pictured above).

Sound design by Matthias Kispert.

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