USA / Duration 2m 51s / 2014
Created in partnership with the Media Lab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Metropolitan Triangle Garden is an attempt to engage our cultural heritage and exploit a piece of high‐end 3D animation software in an alternative way. In a semi‐photorealistic gallery room of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3D models of the sculptures go through misused simulation processes. Some of them morph into forms that defy their material quality or gravity, and others deform into abstract triangulated shapes that reveal their CGI nature. These effects are something neither museum guards nor commercial VFX studios would like to see in their own professional contexts. In the virtual world, the 3D model is a character, a piece of sculpture, and digital data all at the same time. These sculptures were created with care and mastery, treasured in its time, broken and tossed in historical turmoil, and then preserved and admired again. The original delicacy and the torment of time combines to create a new sensibility. The viewers experience them along with the digital glitches that distort the sculptures – or the human and animal bodies. It becomes a visual orchestra of cultural objects and living beings losing their individual identities and merging with each other in the timeless virtual space.
Rui Hu was born and raised in China and currently based in New York City. As an artist he works with various digital media, including video, 3D graphics, and photography. Currently he is most interested in system, space, simulation, and serendipity. With an academic background in literature and filmmaking, he often includes a loose sense of narrative in his work, but also consciously works against the traditions of storytelling. He graduated from New York University with a BFA in film and animation.