As a computer-based media artist, Felix Larreta is engaged by the beguiling alchemy whereby complexity is generated from a few simple components, be it DNA, the alphabet or the digital algorithm. He is not interested in making works that illustrate or explain such processes. He is interested in bringing them to life. Imagine, then, a work of art that behaves like an organism. Biorhythmic, sensitive and intelligent, it responds to your presence, changing texture, hue and attitude like, well, a cuttlefish. Spherescent is such a work, where the strict economy of binary code (ones and zeros) transforms sound and vision into a private, intimate glimpse into the origins of life.
Paper appeared in the catalogue for Felix Larreta's 'Spherescent' exhibition, held at the Greenaway Art Gallery as part of the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 27 February-23 March 2008