DANIEL ALEXANDER SMITH // Sea Change
Sea Change is an experimental narrative depicting the mapping of the material world onto a virtual plane. The video is inspired by the transformative magic in The Tempest, but it replaces 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, the waves are artificially slowed, scanned, and reconstructed in a platonic realm. This mathematical model contains all of the information of each ripple, but the mapped wave loses all character. Extracted from the material world, it has no context for meaning. Our experience is divorced from this virtual reality. It is the stuff of dreams and we are dissolved into air.