André Sier – Margarida Sardinha
Arcadia | k.~ | Symmetry’s Portal
International Symposium of Contemporary Art 2017
1st – 18th June, 2017
Torre de Menagem | Capela do Solar dos Póvoas
Arcadia is an imaginary city in the piantadelmondo series by André Sier, pointing towards visions and stories of untold natural wilderness of spatial formation. In this work, visitors sight-see, navigate and travel inside the apparently infinite spatium of Arcadia, often encountering and interacting with autonomous swarms of unknown elements, which apparently merge and fold space in Arcadia’s spatium. By moving in front of the projection visitors control and interact with their point of view on Arcadia.
k.~ is a sonic land-surveyor of infinite spaces. A three dimensional voyage in continuos space through sound. Infinite (32bit limited) spaces are enumerated randomly, as k. goes to new levels, crossing an ever ending abstract maze. Sound input via computer’s microphone controls the navigation of k. in the abstract 3d space. Different pitches trigger distinct actions.
Know oh brother… the study of sensible geometry evokes skill in all practical arts, while the study of intelligible geometry evokes skill in the intellectual arts because this science is one of the portals through which we move towards the knowledge of the essence of the soul, and this is the root of all knowledge…͟ – Rasa’il Brotherhood of Purity, translated by S.H. Nasr Symmetry’s Portal is an exhibition by the artist Margarida Sardinha, that has over a lengthy period of time, been extensively focused on the concepts of symmetry and optical illusion. The exhibition expands geometrically a wide photographic survey of the Alhambra in Granada documented by the artist. This photographic assemblage is digitally transformed to deconstruct symmetry and to generate illusory semblances. Thus, Symmetry’s Portal is a series of optical illusions where the symmetric and random are diluted in works containing a digital background photograph and a three-dimensional polyhedron overlaying it; where symmetry’s isometrism is deconstructed or complemented by the three-dimensional polyhedra and its image’s similitude evokes various illusory spatiotemporal dimensions. This multidimensional interlace lies both in three-dimensional photographic works of large format as well as in the experimental film that constitute the showcase. The thirty works and the film ͞Symmetry’s Portal͟ which comprise the exhibition were devised connecting the geometric and mathematical descriptions of Keith Critchlow – where the study of Islamic patterns is analysed via metaphysical and cosmological principles -, Marcus du Sautoy and Roger Penrose. Symmetry’s Portal has been exhibited as a solo show at the Aga Khan Foundation Ismaili Crentre of Lisbon in 2015, at Carousell London in 2016, at Ericeira Cultural Centre in 2014 and at Capela do Solar dos Póvoas in Simpósio Internacional de Arte Contemporânea of Guarda in 2017. A selection of works and the film were also curated by Neil McConnon for the Reflectios exhibition at London’s Opera Gallery in 2015.