Étude Atlantis
John Roloff

Étude Atlantis

John Roloff Studio as Artists

Étude Atlantis is imagined as a visual instrument for the social and philosophical exercise of “finding Atlantis.” This project is inspired by a complex matrix of sources including: the work of the musician John Cage, the architect Arthur Erickson, the mathematician Ivars Peterson, the global position of Atlantic City, oceanography, renaissance church floor design and camouflage ship painting, among others. The antipode of Atlantic City, or direct line through the center of the earth, emerges from the sea floor off the SW coast of Australia, near the underwater Naturaliste Plateau, considered by some to be a southern Atlantis. Étude Atlantis presents to the participant a stage-like environment where participants may traverse and explore a gigantic graphic of illusionistic decent and a complimentary central “cistern” reflecting the sky above and conceptually that of it’s antipode. These visual elements can be imagined as a theatrical playground and puzzle-space to consider mythic quests, cognition and geopolitical relationships.

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- Plywood, paint, concrete, asphalt, mirror stainless steel, aluminum, PVC piping, LED light, misting system, inclined trees, grass, benches, wifi with aerial video camera. Site: 170 ft. x 50 ft., graphic area 117 ft. x 45 ft. with 10 ft. high wall.

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