Earthbound — In Dialogue with Nature

Sabrina Ratté

«Floralia I - IV», 2020

Floralia is a four-channel video installation depicting a possible future in which plants that have become extinct are preserved virtually in digital archives. Four different plants, represented in their original habitats, appear as digitised objects in three dimensions and stored in virtual rooms appearing as semi-transparent cubes. As the camera pans around the plants, they begin to fracture, revealing details at different points of view. The digital decomposition of the plants is reminiscent of computer graphic errors, suggesting that these fractures are the result of interference from the plants’ own, still persistent, memories. Inspired by visionary science fiction novels, research developments in the field of artificial intelligence, as well as critical observations on post-humanist studies, Ratté’s work provokes reflection on the possible evolution of humanity and the preservation of the plant and species diversity. The work questions whether the beauty and detail of information captured by digitisation, can sufficiently compensate for the possible extinction of plants.

Sabrina Ratté’s (CA) practice is located between abstraction and figuration, centering around various forms of digital imagery including video, animation, installation, sculpture, audio-visual performance, print, and Virtual Reality. Her interdisciplinary work mixes analogue technologies, photography, and 3D animation to investigate the psychological influences of architecture and digital environments on our perception of reality, as well as our relationship with virtuality. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has been twice shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2019 and 2020). She is represented by the Charlot Gallery in Paris and the Ellephant Gallery in Montreal. Ratté lives and works between Montreal and Marseille.