Sabrina Ratté
May 2024

Vegetation infiltrates the tower's walls, gradually transforming them into drifting continents on a luminous sea. Transitioning from wall surfaces to topography, the projection reflects on the impact of time on human structures and the subtle evolution of life intertwined with them. It reveals city walls as more than inert structures; they are infused with life, unfolding on a timescale beyond human perception and undergoing constant transformations.

Special thanks to Ellephant Gallery.

This artwork is part of the program:


Curated by Peter Burr

Since the term “Computer Graphics” was coined in the 1960’s, our world has grown slowly into a virtual image - captured, mapped, modeled, and dispersed across a globe of visual platforms with cameras, computers, lasers, and screens. For EVERYTHING SURFACE, that image is recondensed into an object - a 140 foot tall simulation of one world turning into another, translated by an international group of artists for whom the heart of this object is its skin patterned with RGB light.

LoVid, MSHR, p1xelfool, Sabrina Ratté, and Yoshi Sodeoka traffic in abstraction, asking us to soften our gaze and drift through the flat surface of this image world. Behind the 56,000 ft² of flickering pixels is another layer bursting with electric dreams that puncture the sharp lines of this collective hallucination. In these artists' worlds, it's springtime too.

About the Artist

Sabrina Ratté is a Canadian artist based in Montreal. Using tools, such as 3D scans, analog video synthesizers, and 3D animation, her formal approach serves as the foundation for the creation of ecosystems that manifest across various platforms, from interactive installations to series of videos, digital prints, sculptures, or virtual Reality. Exploring the convergence of technology and biology, the interplay between materiality and virtuality, and the speculative evolution of our environment, her work is influenced by the realms of science fiction, philosophy, and theoretical writings. Ratté portrays worlds devoid of humans, where forgotten remnants continue to evolve and forge new relationships with the ecosystem.

Her work has been exhibited in institutions such as Laforet Museum in Tokyo, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the PHI Center in Montreal, the Max Ernst Museum in Brühl, and the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. She has presented solo exhibitions at Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, Fotografiska in Shanghai, and Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal and New York. Notably, her work is part of the collection at the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum. Ratté was long listed for the Sobey Art Award in Canada in 2019 and went on to receive the award in 2020.