"Tlön, or How I held in my hands a vast methodical fragment of an unknown planet’s entire history", 2003. Slide dissolve projection onto suspended screed of Morpho Didius butterflies; honeycomb aluminum, cork, velvet, pins, Ektapros, Stumpfl Event Controller. 145 x 305 x 5 cm. 4min.loop, ed. of 2
The work is based on a Borges story, “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbius Tertius”, which recounts the invention of a virtual cosmos, Uqbar, and its idealized knowledge system called Tlön, attributed to "the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia." A dissolve sequence of 24 astronomy slides is projected onto a suspended screen of Morpho butterflies pinned into a grid. Documentation of the heavens and classification of wildlife are overlaid in a system of ordering and symmetry that is at once mystical and sadistic, absurd and universal. In constant metamorphosis, light from stars is registered, projected and finally reflected by the tiny scales of the wings. Through micro and macro forces, "Tlön, or How I held in my hands a vast methodical fragment of an unknown planet’s entire history," explores the concept of time as transformation of change.