Sep 27, 2013

Khôra By Macula

The folks at Macula are absolutely incredible. When we first ran into their early projects back in 2011 when the projection mapping movement was starting to get some momentum, we were absolutely amazed by their large form projection mapping installations across Europe, which were an audio visual experience unlike anything we'd ever seen before.

Using iconic buildings from various cities rich histories (The building above is the 100 year old Collegium Maximum in Torun, Poland) as their backdrop, the folks at Macula tell full stories of incredible transformation based off of pre-established themes. The sound treatment alone is bound to send chills down your spine. Their latest piece revolves around an ever transforming entity, an in between of actual forms, a truly abstract concept.

Khôra (Khora or Chora; Ancient Greek: χώρα) is a philosophical term described by Plato in Timaeus as a receptacle, a space, or an interval. It is neither being nor non-being but an interval between in which the forms were originally held. Khôra gives space and has maternal overtones (a womb, matrix). A formless and unnameable it that we cannot identify but only evoke with images of unidentifiable places, like a kind of dissolution into the tohu wa bohu (waste and void), what Levinas calls the ilya (the Other - a formless void; a frightening neutrality devoid of meaning), the elemental night.

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