DEVIL AS A POLYGON INSTALLATION (5/15/11)
WITH AUDIO BY MICHAEL DELEWSKI
Once as a fantasy that has something at stake is brought to fruition, the initial impact of this fantasy is destroyed. A fantasy can never fully manifest within our working reality. The most notable, and derivative, fantasy is that of the dream. If only there was a technology that would constantly physically manifest our dreams for us, so we could look upon them in the purest form. If only other parts of our working memory didn’t get in the way of us constantly reconstructing what we see within our subconscious. One problem that arises from this strive to physically create the ephemeral, is that our recognition of these events is constantly changing, constantly being influenced by everything else we have stored away. The ethereal aspect of the dream is what both inspires and corrupts the nature of the manifested image.
In a dream, I saw the Devil as a white polygon. There was no traditional indicator that this form was, in fact, the devil; rather, an overwhelming urgency came over me in my dream state. I saw this polygon in a far-off alleyway, in between two brick buildings. Hovering, the shiny, white polygon transitioned into the image of a woman in a matter of seconds. She then proceeded, for the rest of the dream, to coax other dream-dwellers into evil doing. This is one of the most powerful, and purest forms I have ever encountered, and remembered, from within a dream.
The Devil that had appeared in my dream is brought to virtual reality through 3-D modeling. The shape of this character is as close as I can remember, after an extended period of time, as well as deteriorating influence of the various drawings I have created of the creature since the occurrence. The Devil is shown as the shiny white polygon I remember it to be, with the assistance of an ambient soundtrack. As the assisting music varies in complexity, the modeled figure responds and reacts with adjusted speed. Everything is shown in realtime, an experiment in VJ/DJ collaboration.