During my graduate composition studies, my unique profile as an artist started to emerge. I had dislocated my arm towards the very end of the second semester, so not only was I unable to attend the piano exam, but I couldn’t even finish the composition that I had been working on, as I sat composing at the piano.
The experience left me a little frustrated, but also left me with a lot of time to think and rethink modalities and methods I have been using as a composition student up until that time. So, at the beginning of the next semester, instead of a docile, geeky student, there was this sharp young man, with fresh ideas. Many of my colleagues were baffled, but they all had one collective impression – that a rebel was born.
In order to introduce you to my fractal cycle “The City and The Stars“, I will for the first time reveal the source that influenced my transformation during my student years. It is a story about a man who dared to doubt and question rooted opinions and to shatter paralyzing fears of his age.
His name was Alvin, the main character of Arthur Clark’s novel “The City and The Stars“. Needless to say I had almost instantly identified with Alvin, a maverick who uncovered layers of ancient history defying common judgement, and that bold approach to life and art I cherish to this day. I dedicated this fractal cycle to the brave journey of this fictional revolutionary, with whom I had identified at that period in time.
Pictures “Blue steal“, “Folding space“, “The Watcher“, “Birth“ and “Bioengine“ illustrate life in Diaspar, Alvin’s birth town and “Earth’s last city“ as its inhabitants thought of themselves. They symbolize lives of men, tightly folded in their virtual worlds, who even lost the courage to think about what existed in the outside world for “Diaspar was all that existed, – all that they needed, all that they could imagine.“ Their lives were ruled by machines and even the human reproduction cycle which included birth was replaced by invisible mechanical processes.
Then Alvin arrives, the only man who “was always wanting to go outside, both in reality and in fantasy.“ Fractal image “Visionary seed“ is dedicated to him. After uncovering an old and forgotten transport system (images “Nexus“ and “Schock Wave“), he comes to Lys, the second abode of humanity on Earth, where, in contrast to life in the city of Diaspar, people live without any technology, under the open sky (“Constellations“), in the beautiful natural surroundings (“The Gates of Eden“, “Birds of Paradise“).
Inhabitants of Lys don’t have sophisticated technology but they use refined mind techniques’ and often communicate using telepathy (“Brainstorm“). Towards the end of the story, Alvin uncovers the ancient and long forgotten history tearing “Web of deceit“ – there where no Invaders, who everyone feared, and the rest of the intelligent beings went through the “Interstellar thruway“ to the other side of the Universe.
The series is closely connected to cycle “Eolian Rhapsody” not only because it tackles nature and detachment from nature themes, but also because it was inspired by abstract art. In addition to that, impressionist Claude Monet’s “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies“ was the inspiration for “Gates of Eden“ and in the image “Bioengine“ I used a “Julia Set Quaternion 3D fractal technique“.