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Casa Batlló introduces Sofia Crespo’s structures of being

 

Casa Batlló, the UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, introduces Sofia Crespo as its upcoming artist in residence, who will transform the iconic landmark with her Structures of Being projection mapping artwork. This immersive audiovisual event, blending artificial intelligence with the organic inspirations that fueled Gaudí’s creations, is scheduled for January 27-28, 2024 as part of ISE 2024.

 

Following in the footsteps of Refik Anadol, who animated the building’s facade with his 2023 Living Architecture event, Crespo is the second artist to participate in Casa Batlló’s The Heritage of Tomorrow residency. The program is dedicated to propelling Gaudí’s legacy into the future by inviting contemporary artists to interact with his work, through commissions, restorations, and research projects. 

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
Sofia Crespo’s projection mapping artwork covers Casa Batlló | all images courtesy of Claudia Maurino

 

 

a collaborative endeavor in connecting through nature

 

Visual artist Sofia Crespo (find more here) is described as a pioneer in the exploration of organic life and its evolution through artificial intelligence. Her work, Structures of Being, draws inspiration from nature, an elemental theme in Gaudí’s legacy. The show invites viewers on a journey through Crespo’s personal microscope, facilitating contemplation of life’s evolution through immersive encounters with the diverse materials, beings, and natural phenomena found within Casa Batlló. The artwork is accompanied by Robert M. Thomas’ music, featuring local performers such as organist Juan de la Rubia and the string quartet Cosmos Quartet. Sofia Crespo and Robert M. Thomas have closely collaborated to offer a comprehensive work, guiding their creations with their own algorithms, but with a common goal: to connect us with the present through nature. 

 

‘Casa Batlló has a unique richness per square meter, and its capacity to inspire is endless for any artist, especially the facade, the public part of the House. Sofia’s creative universe is perfect for capturing it because it stems from a deep observation of nature, its essence, structures, and beauty, offering a personal view that combines art and innovation, just like Gaudí did in his time,’ shares Gary Gautier, General Manager of Casa Batlló.

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
Structures of Being draws inspiration from nature

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
Sofia Crespo is described as a pioneer in the exploration of organic life and its evolution through artificial intelligence

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
the immersive audiovisual event transforms the facade of the iconic landmark

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
alternating vibrant colors mad their appearance on Gaudi’s architecture

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
tree-like forms cover the facade of the famed building

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the AI-powered audiovisual work was presented on january 27 and 28

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
Sofia Crespo’s artwork immersed the public in the nature contained in Gaudí’s creative universe

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
the comprehensive work of art was created with the help of artificial intelligence

sofia crespo animates casa batlló facade with bio-inspired AI projection mapping artwork
flower and animal-like projections decorated the building

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the projection mapping event drew a total of 95,000 visitors

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