[shapeshifter]
6 July 2021
video installation, color, 3.84:1, stereo, be, 2021, 15’05”



[shapeshifter] is an augmented sand sculpture, in which ai-processed and slitscanned footage of sea sights and surfaces is projected onto a sand model. it combines the sand surface of an imaginary sea shore with an augmented reality layer, that looks somewhat familiar like the original water layer on top of the sand layer, but feels completely alien at the same time. the soundscape takes us on a journey through an extraterrestrial topography, dissolving the borders between material and immaterial, real and virtual. the sculpture acts like a shapeshifter: hypermaterials taking on various forms, improvising on the original. the soundtrack is diffused through two speakers: one edited at the bottom of the table carrying the sand model, and one below a thin plate carrying grains of sand. below the thin plate, the speaker makes the grains of sand vibrate, creating miniature shapeshifting sandscapes on the tones of the soundtrack. these miniatures are filmed with a pinhole camera and shown on screen, providing another window into a strange new world.


credits
camera, editing, slitscanning, postproduction: Jeroen Cluckers
sculptures, scenography: A. De Causmaecker
keys, electronics, recording, mix & master: Michaël Verlinden
cello, electronics: Jasmijn Lootens
programming, patching, technical support: Maarten Craeynest

developed within our research project ‘Form a Line into a Circle‘ at MAXlab, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE) and residency at ChampdAction, Antwerp (BE). with kind support of LUCA School of Arts / KU Leuven, Leuven (BE), docARTES, Ghent (BE) and Immersive Lab, AP University College, Antwerp (BE). music recorded at Studio ChampdAction, deSingel, Antwerp (BE).

screenings
2021
An Audiovisual Landscape, Winter Garden, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp (BE)

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