Quayola

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Quayola London-based Italian artist Quayola (b.1982) creates hybrid spaces of animated painting, sculpture and architecture. He is highly regarded for his enigmatic and entrancing digital video creations that challenge preconceptions about art, architecture, and the concepts according to which sound, movement, composition and colour can two-dimensionally interact. He was awarded the prestigious Golden Nica award at the Prix Ars Electronica 2013 for his work Forms with artist Memo Akten. Quayola has been included in group exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The British Film Institute, London; the Church of Saint Eustache, Paris; Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires; Park Avenue Armory, New York; as well as at festivals including Sonar, Barcelona, and Elektra, Montreal. Quayola lives and works in London.

On Air: Natures 2

In his series Natures, Quayola integrates close-up footage of plants, dramatically lit and filmed against a black background, with computer-generated material that explores the ambiguity of realism in the digital realm. Fragile, gentle, romantic, we watch petals, leaves and stems quiver in what appears to be a light breeze. The motion we witness is utterly familiar; its presentation completely abstracted: the video footage resembles an animated 17th century Dutch still life and appears meditative, if not reverential. Natures 2 is part of a wider series that combines a live audio-visual performance in collaboration with composer Mira Calix and cellist Oliver Coates with the computer edited video footage. The Natures series was originally commissioned by Faster Than Sound and Aldeburgh Music in 2009. -> Homepage of the Artist: www.quayola.com -> Quayola on Vimeo From the Sedition Selection