© Ray Gropius

The Golden Ratio Trick

The Golden Ratio is an special creation by Ray Gropius for «φᵠᵩ Pavilion» to The Wrong New Digital Arts Biennale 2018. www.thewrong.org

Gropius, departing from his minimal system of animated nodes, gives to the protagonist a dense presence packing him into layers of his own self through a self-referential mathematical sequence. The association between the president’s golden toupée and the decadance of the baroque aesthetics Gropius heavily draws upon, is a surprising but justified move as it points to the metaversal crisis today. Here, the basic capacity of virtual realities and of the broader metaversal reality to integrate man with information goes beyond the practical fact. The consequences of a cognitively unlimited access to information and enhanced capability to know and experience our surroundings are perceived by Gropius in dystopian terms. -Cara Delavignette-



«The Golden Ratio Trick» Video wall 01


«Keep in mind the trick» Video wall 02

«Trump wonders about the golden ratio, assuming that at least the 99,1416% of the universal perfection resides in his natuelegant way of being»


φ number

The number π (/paɪ/) is a mathematical constant. Originally defined as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, it now has various equivalent definitions and appears in many formulas in all areas of mathematics and physics. It is approximately equal to 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter «π» since the mid-18th century, also sometimes spelled out as «pi».