3 November 2012 - EMPAC
CLUSTER
Kurt Hentschläger

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The next phase in Kurt Hentschlägerʼs generative video and audio work, CLUSTERmoves the focus to group behavior and interaction, particularly swarm phenomena. A simple, yet absurd setting is proposed—3D human characters turn into a school of fish. In the weightless choreography, human figures appear mostly as a pulsing, amorphous mass, a cloud of blurry matter from body parts and light. By its never fully predictable generative nature, CLUSTER describes a meta-organism with a decidedly anti-individualistic character.

The soundscapes in CLUSTER are rendered by the events driving the work—swarm motion and behavior, as well as changes in light and color. A rhythmic grid bonds the individual parts together. CLUSTER goes through several stages, starting out from an abstract primordial “soup,” and then building into a cloud of blurry semi-realistic matter—body parts and light—to eventually arrive at a clearly humanoid cluster, packed tightly, spinning and tumbling through space, bodies glued together by gravity and kinetic forces. Individual efforts to escape the “cloud” are attempted, but are futile.