Mana Contemporary presents:
threeASFOUR: Tree of Life
May 1 – July 16, 2016
A new film by the fashion collective in collaboration with
digital artist Alex Czetwertynski, using 3D fractal animation.
At six minutes, Tree of Life is a visual leap into the unseen dimensions and connections that bind us, our senses, and the universe. The film premieres exclusively at Mana Contemporary on May 1 and will screen continuously as an immersive experience through July 16.
Tree of Life offers a glimpse of the un-glimpsable as intimate connections between the organic and the mathematical, the transcendent and the quantum, are revealed. Using groundbreaking 3D fractal animation, we are taken on a journey within a multiverse of infinite spaces, concealed—matryoshka-like—within imagined anatomical regions of the human body. As we explore these intricate macro and micro landscapes, notions of size, space, and locality become relative. The effect is at first disorienting—yet ultimately reassuring—as we begin to grasp our own place in the cosmos progression.
threeASFOUR is a trio of transnational artists based in New York City who use fashion as their primary artistic medium. Founded in 2005 by the designers Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil, the collective has built a legacy of using cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship to create clothing at the intersection of fashion, sculpture, and mysticism. Recipients of the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithsonian Museum’s 2015 National Design Award, threeASFOUR has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians, including Björk, Yoko Ono, and Matthew Barney. Their experimental designs are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Musée de la Mode et du Costume in Paris. Their work has been the subject of multimedia exhibitions at the Jewish Museum in New York (2013) and the Mint Museum in North Carolina (2014), and they have collaborated with Kate Spade (2005) and Gap (2007). Drawing their core aesthetic from the universal language of sacred geometry, threeASFOUR is devoted to the creative exploration of themes of consciousness and cultural coexistence.
About Alex Czertwertynski
Alex Czertwertynski is a digital artist working in the fields of creative technology, interactive, and experiential design. Born in Belgium, he graduated with a Masters in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris. After founding and steering creative/production agency Disciple Films, he moved to Los Angeles and shifted towards experiential design, working as a creative lead on the worldwide tours of artists such as Stevie Wonder, the Strokes, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Madonna. Since then, his practice has evolved towards large-scale immersive experiences, for which he designs interaction, motion and physical presence. He has collaborated with artists such as Doug Aitken, Jessica Mitrani, and Orlan. His work has been shown at the Jewish Museum and the FIAF in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Théâtre de la Cité in Paris, the Confort Moderne in Poitiers, and the Museum of Literature in Warsaw.
TREE OF LIFE
A film by threeASFOUR & Alex Czetwertynski
Grace Bol & Jean M
CONCEPT & DIRECTION
3D ANIMATION / VISUAL EFFECTS / EDITING
Jeffrey W. Hagerman
Tinna Empera Arlexdóttir
DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNICIAN
CAMERA AND SUPPORT PROVIDED BY