presents a three-dimensional world map built from multiple layers of white industrial sugar cubes. The map is placed on a transparent platform. Animated light patterns illuminate the translucent sugar cubes from below. Animated world models are projected onto the white sugar cubes from above.
The use of sugar cubes as “pixels” emphasizes the intimate relationship between information, energy, resources and the resulting impact on the world. Orbis Lumen is a planetary icon promoting our responsibility for stewarding and maintaining Earth’s complex systems for future generations.
Prof. Michael Saup
was a founding professor of digital media art at HfG/ZKM University in Germany and a founding director of the Oasis Archive of the European Union. He is an artist who has pioneered the use of software as an artistic medium. His work has been awarded prizes by, amongst others, the Ars Electronica, the Media Arts Festival Tokyo and the UNESCO Commission. immersive.earth seeks to promote a virtual cultural heritage in order to foster positive aspects of humanity, such as tolerance and compassion; all being prerequisites for peace. It is believed that virtual reality will expand our capacity to embrace immersive intelligence, a prerequisite for inheriting the world we are currently shaping.
Co-Production: Trans-Media-Akademie & Michael Saup, 2017
The Orbis Lumen introductory trailer can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U4Cymkdxvk