TOPOLOGY OF DESIRE

2021 / 2022

 

MOVING FLESH SURFACE

Multi-channel audio-video installation

full HD, 8'' loop

 

A CODED VERNECULAR WHISPERING

Animation, 9:16, sound, full HD, loop

 

EDITION

 10 ml formula, glass ampoule,

printed plastic skin 12.5 x 9 cm

6 plus 1AP

Topology of Desire is a multimedia installation that uses light, sound, and smell to map the idiosyncratic concept of desire and draws a bridge between humans and their products, between nature and culture. Instead of a familiar language, the installation encounters words with no obvious meaning—secret ingredients whose names are impossible to translate: Amniofluidol, Fantasmaspektrin or Hydroxul, … The terms animate to think about product names of the pharmaceutical industry. A diffuse female voice can be heard reciting these miracle drug-like ingredients with a soft timbre. Out of this 'dictionary of foreign word' a patented formula of synthetic molecules has been developed in cooperation with an olfactory laboratory. These sensual impressions are synchronized with visual cues that evoke an artificial world. A large-scale projected light image is layered on the walls – like a second skin, revealing a billowing fleshy substance. Cryptic symbols emerge in an animation, ceaselessly merging into one another—and constantly recombining like whimsical formulas…