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Nature Morte

Two Rooms Gallery

Auckland, New Zealand

18 August - 16 September 2017

Two Rooms Gallery Exhibition Website

EyeContact review by John Hurrell

Nature Morte (2017) HD video, 13 minutes, 22 seconds looped.

Torsade III (2017) HD video, 8 minutes, 15 seconds looped.


Nature Morte presents new video work from Gregory Bennett. This work draws on a number of sources including the art historical term Nature Morte, (referring to the genre of still life painting, literally ‘dead nature’), conceptions of the ‘hyperobject’, term coined by Timothy Morton to describe transcendent and massively distributed phenomena (a feature of global ecological crisis), and Benjamin H. Bratton’s notion of ‘The Stack’ – accidental networking megastructures created by planetary-scale computation.

Using 3D animation Bennett harnesses the underlying organisational and visual narrative and computational structures of the database, the loop, the grid and the panorama to structure an endlessly rotating landscape through a panoptic point-of-view. Exploring notions of how nature and culture are subject to systems of control and chaos, both animation and simulation techniques are explored in a 3D virtual environment which is at once familiar and strange in its uncanny use of mathematically perfect forms and algorithmically generated motion in a facsimile of real world space, geometry and physics.

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