Life on loop
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.