‘Paradise’ by Studio Smack
Paradise is a contemporary animated interpretation of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Early Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch.
Commissioned by the MOTI Museum (Breda, The Netherlands) for the exhibition “New Delights,” Studio Smack re-interpreted the middle panel of Bosch’s triptych and brought it to life in 4K animation:
The creatures that populate this indoor playground embody the excesses and desires of 21st century Western civilization. Consumerism, selfishness, escapism, the lure of eroticism, vanity and decadence. All characters are metaphors for our society where loners swarm their digital dream world. They are symbolic reflections of egos and an imagination of people as they see themselves – unlike Bosch’s version, where all individuals more or less look the same. From a horny Hello Kitty to a coke hunting penis snake. From an incarnate spybot to headless fried chickens. These characters, once precisely painted dream figures, are now digitally created 3D models. All of them have been given their own animation loop to wander through the landscape. By placing them altogether in this synthetic fresco, the picture is never the same.
A video installation of this work is exhibited at the MOTI until December 31, 2016.