The audiovisual installation ‘Metasphere’ is on display at Node Gallery, located in the Aalto University Arabia campus, from April 8 to 19. Opening hours are Mon-Thu 8:00-19:00, Fri 8:00-18:00.
Metasphere shows the fragile nature of the inner state of a human being. This work portrays a fragment of the everyday perception experience. That includes the process of observation of the surrounding environment and how it interacts with the subjective reflections of it. The round shape of the screen is a symbol of completeness. It is the perception mechanism. There is always something that does not change in the perception and reflection process as well as the variable part that changes in every next situation. In this artwork the spherical object is the static part and the projections are variable. Geometric primitives that are used in projections mathematically form a larger complex object. Similarly Greek prefix μετα is used to indicate a data about data circle, line and triangle creates the part of the sphere. The sound in this installation has been made as a reflection of the perception of the visual part.
Metasphere is a collaboration between Irina Spicaka (concept, visual design and mapping), Krisjanis Rijnieks (creative code, technical structure) and Platon Buravicky (sound).
This exhibition is a part of the Creative Coding for Live Visuals events. The Creative Coding for Live Visuals concept has been identified by Irina Spicaka in her AV Research process at Pixelache platform within the context of the Pixelversity programme. She is also the developer of this project.
Irina Spicaka is a digital audiovisual media artist from Latvia, currently residing in Finland. She is interested in the deconstruction of the classical rectangular screen by using projection mapping as her form of expression. Irina is also using mathematical logic and geometry as a visual and sound creation language. Working as a researcher and developer in electronic audiovisual performance field and as a graphic designer. She has also written several articles about electronic audiovisual culture that are published in Latvian music and culture magazine Veto.
She holds a BA in Visual Communication from Art Academy of Latvia. She has studied experimental video and mixed media at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Currently Irina is working on her MA thesis that is related to electronic audiovisual performance.
Krisjanis Rijnieks is a new media artist from Latvia, currently residing in Finland. He is interested in different digital and interactive media production techniques. For the past years he has been collaborating with Irina Spicaka in terms of artistic work and has been involved in different projects that include graphic design, animation and programming in Flash ActionScript, openFrameworks, Cinder and other programming languages / frameworks.
He holds a BA in Painting and is currently a student of the New Media MA program in the Helsinki Media Lab. Recently he has also written an introductory book about Cinder - Cinder: Begin Creative Coding, published by Packt Publishing.
Platon Buravicky is an academic sound artist based in Riga, Latvia. In the Metasphere project he has been involved to do an experiment transfer his knowledge about traditional music composition to digital sound production using creative coding and digital sound creation tools. He has studied piano in Vilnis Smidberg and Peteris Vasks classes. Peteris Vasks is a well known Latvian composer and has been Platon’s main source of inspiration. Currently Platon is finishing BA in the Music Academy of Latvia. He has won the Latvian Music School Composer Price for three times.