Escher x nendo “House of Movement” Installation

This elegant and relaxing projection was part of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, designed by Japanese studio nendo and featuring 157 works by Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher.

Project art director and animator Alistair Moncur: “[The exhibition] incorporates a house motif with an animation, projection mapped directly onto a geometric, three-dimensional relief using a two-dimensional house pattern.

“Inspiration was taken from Escher’s works as he investigated the perfect geometry of crystals and Platonic solids. In the same way Escher expressed the tension between order and chaos, these houses express a state of flux between two-dimensionality and three-dimensionality.

“By creating digital optical illusions, the animation changes the depth, layout, and color of the base and creates new movements that exist between the accurate physical dimension and the limitless digital world.”

Client: National Gallery of Victoria

Production: nendo
Creative Director: Oki Sato
Art Director: Alistair Moncur
Curators: Hadar Gorelik & Hsieh Hui-Hsi
Animation: Alistair Moncur