Ian Cheng “Emissary Forks at Perfection” – Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia

From 24 May to 25 November 2018, in the framework the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” program, American artist Ian Cheng’s "Emissary Forks At Perfection" (2015-2016) is on display at the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia. This large, immersive, infinite duration, audio-visual installation is the second chapter of the Emissaries trilogy created by Cheng between 2015 and 2017 (with: “Emissary in the Squat of Gods” and “Emissary Sunsets The Self”). Described by the artist as “a video game that plays itself” the trilogy is comprised of computer-generated simulations like those used in predictive technologies for complex scenarios such as climate change or elections. Populated by a cast of characters and wildlife that interact, intervene, and recombine in open-ended narratives, Cheng’s simulations evolve endlessly as self-contained ecosystems. Cheng’s self-evolving and dynamic work-worlds unfold live across an unlimited time period. Automated camera movements focus on the areas of greatest activity, arbitrarily guiding the observer from one place to the next in the simulation. Each activation is unique, generating new narratives and spontaneous developments that cannot be anticipated.

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