Between September and November 2006, French artist Antoine Schmitt made an installation based on a work that had previously been realized as a web application, with financial support provided by the Ambassade de France aux Pays-Bas.
In The World Ensemble, the viewer sees an endless landscape of connected, nervously oscillating audiovisual automata slowly moving past. The viewer can use the mouse to manipulate the work’s direction of movement and can thereby view other parts of the whole. By reversing the direction of movement, the viewer can see that the system keeps changing, and thus the generative and unstable nature of the system becomes clear. Combined with the asynchronism between the sound and the images of the automata, this creates a strong feeling of disorientation in the viewer.
In his residency at V2_, Schmitt developed a more complex audiovisual environment for the work, comprising a trackball-based navigation system and a physical setting in which the work can be exhibited. The resulting installation, The World Ensemble, was shown at DEAF07.