Bret Battey
6'10'' · cgi · colour
2005 | Leicester, UK
Punto y Raya Festival 2007
First Prize


Mercurius expands algorithmic animation techniques developed by the author himself; both the audio and visual components have no cuts or edits. What we hear is a continual transformation of one synthesis process, just as what we see is the continuous animation of nearly 12000 individual points.

Traditionally the spiral or mandala form has been used to evoke the unity of a meditative state, but the spiral has symbolic associations not only with unity or creative energy but also with destructive forces. Mercurius ambiguously combines multiple sensibilities of the spiral. If there is a unity here, it expresses itself only over time as a single process exhibits rapid changes between a multitude of seemingly-conflicting states.

Bret Battey
Bret Battey

1967 | Seattle·WA, USA

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Creates electronic, acoustic and multimedia concert works and installations.

He has been a Fulbright Fellow to India and a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and he has received recognitions and prizes from Austria's Prix Ars Electronica, France's Bourges Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique, Spain's Punto y Raya Festival, Abstracta Cinema of Rome, and Amsterdam Film eXperience for his sound and image compositions.

He is a Senior Lecturer with the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, UK.

Lives in Leicester, UK.   +info