The Tree that Blinked by Karel Bata (UK)
18 Aug to 26 Aug
7.30 PM - 12.00 AM
National Museum of Singapore, The Banyan Tree
The Tree That Blinked is a series of portraits projected into a tree that toys with notions of identity, representation, and transformation. As the work moves and shifts with the wind, expressions seem to change, and the faces appear to undergo changes of age.
The illusion can be compelling. Some folks think the leaves have been individually painted. Others that the tree must have been trimmed to the shape of a head!
Trying to give the work any specific ‘meaning’ is elusive, perhaps even pointless, as viewers bring their own strong personal interpretations. Generally they reference ideas of layered consciousness, and childhood stories of journeys into the forest. Some see it as actively benign, and The Wizard of Oz is frequently mentioned. Somewhere between these interpretations lies some kind of meaning…
About the artist
A technician sees a bug and fixes it. An artist sees a bug and explores it.
Karel Bata created Europe’s first projection mapping installation in 1981. He worked extensively in theatre and film, and after a MA in Stereoscopic3D at Ravensbourne, is now a Light Artist exhibiting at numerous galleries in London, Brighton, and Paris. The Tree That Blinked has been seen at Gallery 286 and Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights Festival. He is now developing a stage version of Macbeth that focuses on the witches using projected stereo 3D scenery.
Image courtesy of Karel Bata.