Cubism points to a new dimension in TESSERACT May 19, 2017

by Koushik Ghosh

Tesseract invites us to move beyond two dimensional shapes into new dimensions and mysteries. Of course, the director, Charles Atlas, is there to assist you with the 'seeing,' with 3-D glasses. The experience is separated into two distinct segments. The movement, however, is continuously mediated, superimposed and purposely broken up by images and patterns.

In the first segment the movie collapses and expands space, with the movement serving as only a reference.

The spaces slice like a knife or turn psychedelic, kaleidoscopic and fractal and at some point become sinuous and continuous like the underworld of ancient Egyptians, or an old Jules Verne imagination of a world yet to be.

In the second segment, the dancers dominate. And, yet, the movement turns elastic, multiplicative like sprouting weeds that seek nourishment from unknown sources, making life busy, complicated and regular at the same time.

Who knew that fractals and multiplication possible through technology, just mimics the process of life itself, making the original movement seem almost redundant and superfluous — a distraction?



Koushik Ghosh is an art historian, educator, and arts writer and member of the 16/17 Season Ambassadors Writers Corps. Learn more about The Ambassador Project.