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Rick Silva and Nicolas Sassoon, "Signals 4", 2023

6m Video Art 2023

Rick Silva and Nicolas Sassoon Rick Silva b. 1977, São Paulo; lives in Eugene, Oregon Nicolas Sassoon b. 1981, Marseille, France; lives in Biarritz, France, and Vancouver, Canada

Signals 4, 2023 HD color video with sound, 6 min. Courtesy the Artists

SIGNALS is a collaborative series by artists Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva focusing on immersive audio-visual renderings of altered seascapes. Sassoon and Silva share an ongoing theme in their individual practices; the depiction of wilderness and natural forms through computer imaging.

SIGNALS 4 is a multi-channel video installation that explores an underwater seascape inhabited by an enigmatic substance made of digital patterns. The artwork draws on imagery of oceanographic surveys, climate studies, petroleum engineering and science-fiction to create a speculative environment that reflects on notions of contamination, adaptability, and mutation. As the camera hovers above and below the surface, the landscape reveals its components as a construct: sometimes realistic, sometimes drifting towards digital abstraction.

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