Commissioned by NAVEL & Creamcake as part of 3hd Festival 2020, ℌ𝔘𝕹𝐓ℜ𝖊zZ’s “An Inorganic Nature” is an online, three-dimensional performance set inside a realistic virtual Preview(opens in a new tab)recreation of NAVEL. Once serving as a gathering space pre-pandemic, the open, Los Angeles loft environment is transformed in a variety of ecologically-experimental ways that make us think like water, air, and green, to bring us closer to Earth.
ℌ𝔘𝕹𝐓ℜ𝖊zZ performs rhyming verse on the subject of environmental quintessence inside while the floor undulates like waves. Potted plants are spread across all surfaces, as the artist inhabits the virtual space via motion capture and facial tracking. They’re augmented with a biodesign synthesised face filter and a 3D animated body that embraces the boundlessness of humanity. The NAVEL space itself travels across vast landscapes beyond the city, where mountains, forests, and the ocean can be viewed through the large windows that extend across its two walls.
“An Inorganic Nature” blurs the line between the performer’s body and the performance environment by literally animating them together—informing one another in a united act. Gestures bend walls and footsteps splash on the floor. Pillars, chairs, and plants move with the body.