A complex UniverseIan Cheng

He traces the evolution of his ensembles of beings
and the way they adapt to their environment. 


Emissary Forks At Perfection, Ian Cheng video installation


  The Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia is pleased to present American artist Ian Cheng’s Emissary Forks At Perfection. The Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” program showcases previously unseen holdings of the Collection at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Venice and Beijing, thus carrying out the Fondation’s intent to realize international projects and make them accessible to a broader public.

The artist develops ecosystems, virtual biotopes populated by animated, mutant creatures. As entomologist-demiurge, he breathes artificial and autonomous life into his worlds, then watches them evolve. As in nature, these microcosms are composed of elements of individual logic that meet, collide and mingle in evident, but organic, chaos. These beings take animal, vegetal or mineral form and are programmed with an array of predetermined properties, behaviours and intentions. They then freely move about in the complex universe created by the artist. Escaping the power of their inventor, their trajectories and encounters – with one another and their environment – are random, allowing for infinite potentialities.

With Emissary Forks At Perfection, Cheng leads us to question the human mind’s adaptive capacities and human evolution in the face of otherness, randomness and the unpredictability of an ever-changing world.