The Vitruvian World

February 2008

Supported by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

In the 1st century BC, Roman writer, architect and engineer Vitruvius authored specific building formulae based on the guiding principles of strength, utility and beauty. For him, architecture is intrinsically linked to nature and is an imitation of cosmic order. The most well-known interpretation of this postulate is the Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci in which the human form is depicted in unity with the square and circle – representing material and spiritual existence respectively.

This tripart union of human body, material form and spiritual essence maintains relevance within the current climate of distributed presences, mixed realities and internet cultures. The proliferation of synthetic worlds and virtual constructs engendered by our technologically-enabled mainstream provides new realms for creative exploration and actual existence.

The Vitruvian World is a real-time immersive installation that embodies the principles of Vitruvius within this contemporary context. Existing in three distinct yet interconnected spaces, the artwork simultaneously embraces the virtual, the physical, and the network that connects them.

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