An installation by Philipp Artus (Cologne, Germany)
EMMEDIA Screening Room (351 – 11 Ave SW)
October 31 – December 1, 2012
Opening Reception: November 1 @ 6-9PM (Artist will be in attendance.)
Artist Talk and Workshop: November 3 @ 10AM – 4PM (For more details, click here.)

A snail invents the wheel and goes through a cultural evolution to finally get back to its origin.

Snail Trail is an installation that incorporates a laser animation that is projected 360° onto a column, where the viewer walks around around to follow the course of the snail. The projection surface is made of a phosphorescent material, which creates a glowing trail that fades out slowly, letting the viewer simultaneously see what’s happening, what has happened and what will happen. This reflection on time is elaborated further through the endless cycling of the work, as well as through the recurring pulse of sound and light, which references the periodic natural phenomena like the tides or the seasons.

The basic idea of the work is inspired by the processes of exponential acceleration, which can be observed at different levels. The evolution of life proceeded at an extremely slow pace occurring over 3 billion years, until it suddenly exploded in the Cambrian Age. The tools invented by human beings have progressed relatively slowly during the Stone Age, until there comes a rapid cultural development during the Holocene. Nowadays, a similar acceleration process is generated by the exchange of information through the Internet. From this perspective, the exponential spiral on a snail shell may almost appear like a miraculous wink of nature. In the animation, each environment forces the snail to invent a new locomotion, a principle in Darwin’s evolution theory, where species adapt to their surroundings, but it can also be experienced in daily life, where each environment influences our communication and behaviour.

This project is also presented as part of GIRAF 8, a festival showing the best indie, experimental and underground animation happening on October 31 – November 4, 2012. For more information on GIRAF, please visit:

About Philipp Artus:

Philipp Artus (born 1982) grew up in Bremen, Germany and began studying art at the École des Beaux Arts in Nantes, France. He continued his autodidactic studies of animation and music theory in Portugal, and is currently finishing his graduation project at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany.

His experimental animations and site-specific installations explore the manifestations of life through movement, sound and imagery. He composes audiovisual experiences that unite playful elements with minimalist structures, timeless themes with contemporary observations, and turbulent acceleration with contemplative silence.

His projects have been shown in various museums, festivals and galleries around the world including the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan; European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany; Athens Video Art Festival in Greece; Videoformes in Clermont-Ferrand, France; LUMINALE in Frankfurt,Germany and the Vimeo Awards in New York City.

For more information on Philipp, please visit his website at

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