daniel alexander smith

Sea Change, 2015

Sea Change is inspired by the transformative magic in The Tempest, replacing the magical landscape with a technological one. Whereas Shakespeare’s world is one of charm and resolution, the digital environment of Sea Change becomes an alien asymptote. As we move through the frame, waves are artificially slowed, scanned, and reconstructed in a platonic realm. This simulation offers information for every ripple, but the mapped wave loses all character. Extracted from the material world, it has no context for meaning. Experience becomes divorced from reality.

I created Sea Change and the related work, Tide, while I was at Ox-Bow School of Art.