Universal Everything is mapping human behaviour through intricate patterns
Universal Everything has released a teaser for its latest project, offering a micro view of a macro subject: human behaviour on a mass scale. In the film Tribes, thousands of miniature people move in (and out of) sync, creating a soothing, fluid array of patterns seen from a bird’s-eye perspective.
Amoeba-like clusters of perfectly pixellated humans form in one arrangement, ‘with the crowd’s behaviour revealing patterns that are only visible from a distance’. The work, explains the studio, addresses autonomy, self-organisation and group interrelationships – and there’s a beautiful sense of order to be found in the chaos of the masses below.
‘The aerial viewpoint lends itself to a flat display surface, giving the viewer a sense of grandeur and scale as they observe mass crowd behaviours as if from above,’ explains Universal Everything creative director Matt Pyke. ‘Hopefully this perspective will encourage viewers to consider how people in a common space connect, and the ways in which the movements or actions of both individuals and groups can have knock-on effects on those of others around them.’
Tribes is the latest expression of Universal Everything’s ongoing exploration of human form and movement in digital art, ‘taking it into an ultra-detailed form of moving image that’s only possible thanks to today’s display technologies of 4K and above’, adds Pyke. The London-based digital art and design studio has previously created an immersive 360º video projection of a dance performance for the Science Museum, as well as video artworks for Hyundai’s Motorstudio in South Korea.
The first screening of Tribes will take place at Universal Everything’s solo exhibition at Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, in September 2018.