Fluidum steals the image of reality and disintegrates it into individual fragments, which the sculpture mixes, transforms and puts into new and unexpected contexts of its own accord. It is inspired by the experience of a prehistoric man gazing in wonder at the surface of the water in which he sees himself for the first time. The mirror thus offers a parallel between a technology-laden present in which it is increasingly difficult to stop, reflect deeply and ask: “Who are we? Where are we going?”
The work is a sequel to the successful 2019 installation Reflection, which Petr Vacek created in collaboration with Adam Cigler for the Prague Signal light festival and which is now touring audiovisual art festivals around the world. The Fluidum sculpture, however, was created specifically for the World Expo. Compared to Reflection, it opens up a third dimension of mirror movement and pushes the boundaries of the viewer’s experience to a more intimate level.