The Moon is a Mirror

Source: Scott Hessels 2014
  • The Moon Is A Mirror
    1920 × 1080
This series of artworks contemplates the screen and its origins. My time in the villages of Southeast Asia has shown me an array of organic resources that can be formed into papers. I've researched naturally-occurring translucent materials and have selected feathers, shells, reptile skins, seeds and fur each embedded in organic resin.

The relationship between the video image and the screen are key to the piece. The organic screens are placed over an LED grid that plays the animation. Without the screen, the image would be difficult to discern due to the LED’s low resolution. However, the natural screen diffuses the LEDs and makes the video recognizable—nature acts as the lens and filter for a mediated digital image.

The digitization of film in recent years has overshadowed that the origins of cinema are natural and organic. An off-shoot from my Sustainable Cinema series of sculptures, these Natural Screens consider an alternative history of media using environmentally-responsible materials
  • aesthetics
    • animated
    • installation-based
  • genres
    • installations
      • performative installations
    • performance art
      • video performances
  • subjects
    • Arts and Visual Culture
      • expanded cinema
      • film (discipline)
      • representation
      • theory
      • visual culture
    • Media and Communication
      • motion pictures (visual works)
    • Nature and Environment
      • animals
      • earth
      • Nature
  • technology
    • displays
      • electronic displays
        • electromechanical display devices
        • light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
Technology & Material
Commercial LED Screen 74 x 74 cm
Organic resin with translucent organics (feathers, shells, reptile skins, seeds and fur)