Sikka Ingentium

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Sikka Ingentium is a sculptural video installation made with 2.400 recycled DVDs. This multi-thematic piece was inspired by sikka”, the gold coins sewn to clothing dating back to Babylonic times that eventually became the shiny plastic objects we know today as sequins. They were worn to remind onlookers of the wealth and power of those wearing them while also evoking the light of the divine. Similarly, the surfaces of the DVDs flash back at us images born from the glamorous world of Hollywood where image is converted to a kind of currency.

By projecting the contents of the DVDs back onto their surfaces, the artist continues to investigate both new uses for discarded objects as well as his interest in combining the phantasmagorical properties of cinema with its physical elements. In this case, film segments were selected from each of the DVDs for their color, shape and movement value, forming a digital palette from which the final projected loops were constructed. The accompanying soundscape is the resulting composition created by layering the soundtracks from the actual segments being projected. The final effect is that of an audiovisual mosaic that reflects on our culture, the technologies that we use to store information and their survival in today's world.

Installation composed of 5 projectors, 5 multimedia players, amplification system, 12 speakers, 2 subwoofers, 2,400 DVDs, network connections. Duration of the loop video projection: 36´30". 
University of Navarra Museum, Pamplona, Spain. 
Dimensions: 270 x 1,800 cm/ 8.85' x 59'. 

Artistic engineering: Diego Mellado
Sound composition: Alexander MacSween