2007 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
The Youth of the Apocalypse is a series of non-interactive moving image installations combining the visual style of Northern European 15th century religious painting with the computer-animated landscapes and characters of video games and outsider digital fantasy art. The series of works are essentially reinterpretations of Resurrection and Baptism scenes by Dirk Bouts and Gerard David, and culminate in a final piece recreating Hans Memling's triptych The Last Judgment, displayed as single or 3 channel projection from a custom computer. Powered by current 3D game engine software and artificial intelligence, the final piece in the The Youth of the Apocalypse series features animated images of human suffering and redemption, corpses rising from the ground, then ascending to heaven or being dragged to hell. The project deals with issues of the relationship between apocalyptic thinking and contemporary politics, and the mixture of lived experience, altered social histories, and pure fantasy in contemporary culture.
video installation; European Renaissance painting; religious art; games; artificial intelligence; Last Judgment; apocaluptic thinking; C-Level; Machine Project