Brave New World

Director: Theo Eshetu
Country: UK
Year: 2000
Running Time: 5 min.
Language: English

Theo Eshetu’s installation Brave New World is an ingenious trompe I’oeil that opens, layer by layer, into a hall of mirrors. At first glance, the viewer sees what appears to be a small painting on the wall. When viewed from the front, a flat-screen video monitor seems to show shifting abstract patterns; on closer inspection, a giant globe reveals faceted images of cultural rituals. Peering even deeper, the viewer plunges like Alice In Wonderland through the looking glass into a kaleidoscopic, multi-dimensional space of myriad echoes and iterations of his or her own image.