Digital totems, Digital, 2023
Inspired by the writings of Donna J. Haraway, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Greg Egan, digital artwork 'Floralia' by Sabrina Ratte plunges us into a speculative future, where samples of then-extinct plant species are preserved and displayed in a virtual archive room. Through editing and visual strategies, this archive room is sporadically transformed under the effect of interference caused by the memory emanating from the listed plants, revealing traces of a past that continues to haunt the place. Floralia is a simulation of ecosystems born from the fusion of technology and organic matter, where past and future coexist in a perpetual tension of the present.
'Floralia' by Sabrina Ratte is part of a collection of digital artworks that will be displayed across Wembley Park, curated by moving image artist Zaiba Jabbar. An award-winning director, curator and commissioner, she is the driving force behind the femme-focused Hervisions digital art collective.
Sabrina Ratté is a Canadian artist living in Montreal. Her practice focuses on the multiple manifestations of the digital image: analog video, 3D animation, photography, printing, sculpture, virtual reality and installation. The constant integration of new techniques allows her to explore the themes that run through her work in ever-changing forms: the influence of architecture and the digital environment on our perception of the world, the relationship we have with the virtual aspect of existence, the fusion between technology and the organic world. Her works are situated halfway between abstraction and figurative, landscape and architecture, and on the thin line that separates the real from the virtual.
Launching for International Women's Day 2023, 'Equilibrium' features a new major series of free public artworks by an all-female line up of international artists, curated by London-based multidisciplinary studio, Acrylicize. Adding to the existing free Wembley Park Art Trail, 'Equilibrium' explores the female artists' own ideas on balance, unity, harmony, and equality, whilst celebrating the coming together of multiple disciplines, backgrounds and influences.