Australian artists Tin Nguyen and Ed Cutting (the duo TinEd) unveiled their animated work at the new London Apple store. United Visions was originally created for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The augmented reality app offers a look at the installation itself.
United Visions is a modern version of an image borrowed by the authors from William Blake, specifically the creature depicted in the “Ghost of the Flea” miniature created around 1819-1820. At the same time, according to John Varley and his friend the artist Blake in one of the spiritualistic séances was seen a mysterious and frightening image of man-insect. Of all the portraits he created of real historical figures, such as Voltaire, there was a drawing of a flea head with its mouth open. For this reason Blake painted one of his smallest paintings (21 16 cm).
Because the image was transformed into several three-dimensional animated figures to interact with other “animate” creatures from Blake’s universe, the tiger could be seen in the illustrations for the 1794 poem of the same name. The author of the sound accompaniment of the installation is the musician Just Blaze.