Life on loop

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New York’s MoMA PS1 presents Los An­ge­les-born Ian Cheng’s first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in Amer­ica, fea­tur­ing the artist’s com­plete Emis­sary tril­ogy (2015-17), a se­ries of live sim­u­la­tions cre­ated us­ing a video game en­gine.

The artist once worked for film di­rec­tor Ge­orge Lu­cas’s vis­ual ef­fects com­pany and this work is com­pared to “a video game that plays it­self”.

The works are com­prised of com­puter-gen­er­ated sim­u­la­tions like those used in pre­dic­tive tech­nolo­gies for com­plex sce­nar­ios such as cli­mate change or elec­tions. Pop­u­lated by a cast of char­ac­ters and wildlife that in­ter­act, in­ter­vene and re­com­bine in open-ended nar­ra­tives, Cheng’s sim­u­la­tions evolve end­lessly as self-con­tained ecosys­tems. The tril­ogy was re­cently ac­quired by MoMA and is on dis­play un­til Septem­ber 25.

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