The Pond

The Pond is a multimedia installation that seeks to reimagine and provide an alternate version to the diorama often seen in natural history museums. Fusing mimicry and speculative fiction, the exhibition explores and exposes the various nuanced artificial elements often concealed in the traditional presentation of dioramas, making commentary on the exploitative notions that the diorama unintentionally conveys. Using augmented reality, large scale video projection, multi-screen video, immersive sound, a holographic display, and inkjet prints, The Pond mirrors the complex multi-layered artifice inherent in traditional dioramas in order to create the illusion of a pond ecosystem, populated with hybrid creatures, inviting viewers to explore the intricate interplay between human-made environments and the natural world while challenging our understanding of nature.

Supported by MOMENTA Biennale de l’image and RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant. The Pond premiered at the 18th edition of MOMENTA Biennale de l’image.

Description from the artist’s website: The Pond [2023] – Bianca Shonee Arroyo

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