WROcenter Group (POL): Wodospad (Cascade)

WROcenter Group: Wodospad (Cascade). 2018. Photo: Pawel Janicki.

The WROcenter Group was founded by Piotr Krajewski in 2012. Its work draws on forgotten cultural motifs and issues abandoned by art in recent times. The installations, actions and objects created by the group synthesise modernisation, anthropological and cybernetic visions that form modern societies.

Wodospad (Cascade) is an interactive audiovisual installation which depicts a monumental waterfall cascading down the rocks in the form of an interactive projection. This artwork is an inquiry into the notion of artificial nature and new ecology, in which real and technological constituents collide. The video footage of the famous waterfalls of the Karkonosze Mountains in Poland is enhanced with algorithmic protocols. The three waterfalls are merged into one artificial superwaterfall, and can be manipulated by the audience with their own smartphones or other mobile devices. They can play with the cascade: turn its axes, change the texture and the surface of the falling water, lift and move the rocks. Unlike in the real world, these actions don’t lead to harmful consequences.

Wodospad (Cascade) explores human influence on nature and the ethics of consumption. It debates the rituals associated with water and enables interaction and collaboration with the viewer. The artwork combines technology and art with a playful attitude and illuminates the border between the natural and artificial.

Paweł Janicki is an independent artist and producer working with microsound and algorithmic composition, who lives and works in Wrocław, Poland. He creates audiovisual interactive systems, installations and performances, continuously developing new software tools and interfaces. His works, combining improvised sound, live programming, communication protocols and hacking, have been shown at many contemporary art festivals and events. He has been awarded numerous prizes including the Gold Medal at the Prague Quadrennial (2015) for an intermedia team work.