'Timelapse' by Oliver Laric
In his work, Oliver Laric approaches form as a process of continuous change and variable content. While he has previously explored the phenomena of metamorphosis, the expansion of time and the interconnection between human and non-human animals, he focuses in his new video on transformations in living organisms that often elude the human eye. More than 100 years ago, scientists developed 'time-lapse' films to represent the micromovements of plants, animals and cells in an accelerated manner. Laric now reuses the technique to digitally visualise how a process of growth, decay and decomposition manifests itself in a morbid ecosystem.
‘Untitled’ sketches a fictitious world populated by bacteria, people, crustaceans, insects with exoskeletons, fungi, and swampy plants. They mutate and move against a white background as if observed through an electron microscope. Using a 3D modelling technique, Oliver Laric carefully sculpts each scene before rendering it. In the animated figures, he brings matter to life as a brooding substance. In the form of a metallic slurry, it churns under the skin of every static and moving specimen. Meanwhile, transformations and life cycles are compressed into compact time units or make surprising jumps. Oliver Laric creates rhythm amongst them via sharp cuts and jerky movements like in stop-motion animation. A soundtrack by Ville Haimla, a composer with whom Laric regularly collaborates, helps shape the atmosphere and reinforces the rhythm.
In two mirrored cabinets, Oliver Laric shows two versions of three sculptures that represent a special relation between human- and animal-like species. His works are based on digital models of existing artworks that he found in European museum collections. Unlike their predecessors in marble and plaster, the sculptures are light and sometimes perforated. They are 3D-printed in several parts, composed of different mixes of contemporary materials, assembled and placed on thin metal frames. Their specific position in the space reveals more than their mere resemblance. It emphasises first and foremost a bond: a mutual affinity between species but also an affective dependence on each other.
The new video ‘Untitled’ (2021) was commissioned by S.M.A.K. It forms the final part of a trilogy that also includes ‘Betweenness’ (2018) and ‘Untitled’ (2015).
With the collaboration of the Österreichisches Kulturforum Brüssel.