Espèces et quasi-espèces is an audio, video, and installation piece that arose directly out of the emerging clip art culture with Avatar support.
Espèces et quasi-espèces is an audio, video, and installation piece that arose directly out of the emerging clip art culture with Avatar support. The work is made up of a disparate collection of materials including a set of modified toy planes carrying electronic circuits, a motor, the hide of a cow, a series of electric relays, and a video projected on a screen. Beyond its immediate audio and visual impact, the work questions the symbolic continuity so many globalization strategies seem to be founded on.
According to Robert, “reference images” have remained relatively consistent over the centuries. They now serve as “symbolic vocabulary,” a vocabulary that we find everywhere in this time of globalization.
Espèces et quasi-espèces was presented in fall 2004 at the Perth Biennale of Electronic Arts in Australia. It also ran at Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent for Avatar/ Vooruit 2006, the Espace F artist centre in Matane, and Mois Multi in Quebec City.