Heat Island: Europena Beech
Ausstellung Kunst und Buch 1921 – 2020 – 212
Within the narrative of the Heat Island project, the third installation by the artistRoman is a proposal for 3D immersion in a typical forest of the European region, mainly composed of oaks, vegetation and mild climate. The title "Europeanbeech" refers to the botanical species Fagus sylvatica, a large deciduous tree that is widespread in the northern hemisphere and one of the most important and most used trees in Europe. In the context of the project, it embodies and addresses a post-natural experience that deals with the utopian vision of a forest, usually described in Nordic fairy tales, that tells the story of the mysterious disappearance of the human species.Using deep immersion technology and 3D animation, I intend to give voice to a forest created by an Artificial Intelligence in a fictional and interactive way that leads the participant on a solitary and thoughtful walk. The AI is represented by an echoing and melodic voice, with a soundtrack based on ambient sound and generatively produced. It tells how nature has been constantly silenced and neglected for the pleasure of patriarchal techno-scientific development and what the possible causes of humanity's disappearance were.