Summer, generative Application
The sun has reached its peak; in the heat, everyone moves in slow motion. The air boils. It plays with your visual perception; a shimmer on the horizon or caught in the corner of your eye might make you doubt what’s real.
LIA’s new work, entitled Summer, abstracts a fictitious vacation at the seaside – blue sea, sand dunes, striped parasols and beach chairs – into fields of lines, shapes, and patches of colour, shimmering in and out of view like a mirage. The slowly-moving hot air distorts your vision, but if you squint, you might make out some small sailing ships in the distance, perhaps a turquoise wave, or maybe distant hills blasted brown by the sun, or … perhaps you see something else.
Developed during the hottest days of July 2019, and forming part of LIA’s Four Seasons series, Summer has its true origin in generative software; as such, it changes constantly, never repeating, each image present for a fleeting moment before shifting into something new. Let go and just breathe; soak in the digital summer vibes. Sets of small overlapping zig-zagging lines move slowly from side to side in horizontal fields. Illusory landscapes form and re-form. In contemplation, in the feeling of summer captured as a slowly shifting visual field, abstract patterns take on warmth, memory, the feeling of sand between the toes and waves crashing just beyond clear sight.
// Text: Damian Stewart