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Terre Natale (2008)


Ben Rubin (Ear Studio) and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.


Terre Natale (translated as "mother earth") is a multifacited exhibition about migration, culture, and climate change comprised of a number of films and video installations. Studio Mantissa produced the software for a 48-screen video installation that explores how news media depict stories of migration. Collection of video clips from news agencies are choreographed to focus on different narratives (floods, wars, displaced persons camps) and highlight their common visual treatment.

The installation's architecture involves a server that controls all of the 48 iMac client machines and synchronizes the video playback. The server software triggers video playback on each of the screens, animates videos to move from screen to screen, and streches a single video across all of screens. The custom software for Terre Natale was created in the C++ programming language with the openFrameworks and QuickTime libraries.

Terre Natale was created for Paul Virilio and exhibited at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, France.


c++/openFrameworks, QuickTime, Python, udp networking protocol.


Fondation Cartier website