The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio

The Unfolding

The Unfolding is a polymorphous audiovisual work that applies multiple exposure and montage techniques. In the image, flickering lights emerge to reveal a luminous, amorphous, continuously unfolding form that simulates a human head. The bilateral symmetry observed in the image, akin to a kinetic Rorschach test, refers to symmetrical patterns found in nature and various lifeforms.

The image is accompanied by a variable electroacoustic soundtrack, initially inspired in tone and structure by tantric buddhist ritual music, subsequently taking diverse forms as a continuous experiment on the correspondence of sound and image.

On the surface, The Unfolding is a study of light, form and motion. On the inside, there’s a volatile trinity of beauty, fragility and power, reflecting aspects of the human condition. The basis of The Unfolding is the existential desire to dismantle the wall between oneself and the Other. 

The work is presented in three emanations for different settings:

The Unfolding (in linear time)
– Screening version. 09’55” HD/2K 16:9 stereo/surround.

The Unfolding (in finite space)
– Installation version. HD projection with stereo/surround sound. Duration undetermined. Image and sound consist of asynchronous overlapping elements slowly morphing over time.

The Unfolding (emergent)
– Live audiovisual performance. HD projection, stereo/surround sound. Duration variable. Image and sound manipulated in real time.

Although based on the same source material and superficially similar to each other, the different variations suggest they are mere fragments of something that cannot be represented adequately within the constraints of time and space.

The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio

The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio

The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio

The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio

The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio

The Unfolding (frame grab) - Niko Skorpio