dromos audiovisual installation optically alters time and space
dromos audiovisual installation optically alters time and space dromos audiovisual installation optically alters time and space
dec 04, 2013

dromos audiovisual installation optically alters time and space

‘dromos’ audiovisual installation optically alters time and space
all images by sebastien roy




artist duo maotik and fraction have used the words of french cultural theorist and urbanist paul virilio as the launching pad for their immersive audiovisual installation, dromos.in the fields of science and technique that have built the western world, we have only conceived machines dedicated to increasing speed. the person who would invent a slowing down apparatus would be regarded as an absurd man‘, virilio says. these ideas sparked the philospher’s conception of dromology, the science of speed in human society.


dromos – an immersive performance by maotik and fraction
video courtesy of maotik


conceptualizing and visualizing virilio’s ideas about slowing and speeding up time, the universe created by the artists undergoes constant construction and deconstruction, as granular textures, broken beats and generative visuals formulate an experiential atmosphere. the sensorial project takes the audience on complex optical journey, using light, sound and shape to saturate viewers in a maze of interactive media.  ‘dromos’ took over the satosphère in montreal for the entire duration of the mutek festival.



visual noise surrounds the ceiling and walls



at the satosphere, visitors looking into the media expanse



generative visuals



geometric imagery formed from light




the immersive environment surrounds viewers



changing lights create a new atmosphere



a moment captured from the visual installation



maotik and fraction



a tower of geometric shapes and lines



audience members immersed in the installation



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  • That is so nice. I would love to try it and see what it does to the senses. Seems like you are being transported into another dimension where shapes and sounds are constantly changing.

    Terry Lamb says:
  • What do we owe the artists? What can I thank them for? Nothing. I can only thank the medium, and the scale at which it is presented. They saturated the senses with primitive forms and colours begging us to imagine to ourselves that their world is real and has function behind it. To justify such an onslaught of primitive forms would require a civilization that is disturbingly advanced.

    Or, present yourselves not as artists, but as those who created the medium.

    Ernst Breithaupt says:

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