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Van Mensvoort
December 27th 2016

Some 500 years ago surrealist avant la lettre, Hieronymus Bosch, painted his 'The Garden Of Earthly Delights'. The masterpiece is a warning on the perils of life's temptations. To celebrate the 500 year anniversary for the painter, our friends at Studio Smack made a contemporary interpretation in a hallucinatory 4K animation.

The group cleared the original landscape of the middle panel of Bosch’s painting and populated it with creatures that embody the excesses and desires of 21st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, vanity and decadence.

All characters are digitally created 3D models that wander through the landscape in with their own animation loop. By placing them altogether in this synthetic fresco, the picture is never the same. What the animation and Bosch’s triptych have in common is that you’ll hardly be able to take it all in, you can watch it for hours. Best enjoyed on a 4K beamer.

The work was commissioned by MOTI and can be seen at the museum on a gigantic video projection until the 31st of December.

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