SIGNALS - FORECAST
SIGNALS FORECAST is a collaborative project between artists Nicolas Sassoon (Vancouver, BC) and Rick Silva (Eugene, OR) focusing on immersive audio-visual renderings of altered seascapes. Sassoon and Silva share an on-going theme in their individual practices: the depiction of wilderness and natural forms through computer imaging. Created by merging their respective fields of visual research, SIGNALS FORECAST features an oceanic panorama inhabited by unnatural substances and enigmatic features. The project draws from various sources such as oceanographic surveys, climate studies and science-fiction to create an installation reflecting on notions of contamination, mutation and future ecologies. SIGNALS FORECAST features an evolving panoramic seascape subject to different weather conditions and alterations throughout the course of its daily cycle. A custom software plays different iterations of the seascape depending on the time of day, generating a shifting experience for the viewer. The project is exhibited as a monumental panoramic projection, with the horizon line placed above human height, creating a strong relationship of scale with the human body and with the architecture in context. A shifting soundtrack composed with medium and low frequencies sound waves supplements the visual component of the work. SIGNALS FORECAST creates a speculative landscape reflecting on environmental notions as well as on concepts of mindscapes, and other forms of abstracted landscapes. The project deconstructs and recombines components of the seascape, exploring the uncanny effects of these alterations on one’s perception and appreciation of what originally appears to be a natural environment.