The screen is out of the ordinary – and Arent Weevers’ work Ecce Homo is out of the ordinary. It shows a naked boy, who moves headlong with outstretched arms, weightless in the sphere, although actually he is navigating through a little cubic box. In reality the space is empty. Nevertheless, the typical 3D technology used by Weevers causes the perception of a seemingly living sculpture – that proves, however, to be an illusion the next moment. It is merely a projection of the human mind.
The boy consists of light, and light makes the form. He is naked and due to his age free of the memories, opinions and identity that an adult wears like a suit of armour. This freedom makes him strong in spite of his vulnerability and, in contrast with the “Ecce Homo” of the Gospel of John, he is unharmed. No crown of thorns torments him, no purple robe recalls violation and no nation judges him.
His life in the little box is free and easy, while the outside world of the viewer continues to move at a high-speed pace. Suffering and desecration as a metaphor of earthly existence are about to take place soon. Or did he already undergo this journey?
Ecce Homo is a search for strength in vulnerability in a society, which is based on fear and power. How much space do you have in your mind in relation to yourself and the other?
Arent Weevers is an artist, but also a theologian. Therefore, it is not surprising that his work is focused on the relationship between new media art and spirituality. Weevers’ media art is a search for strength in vulnerability and he uses the latest 3D technologies to create ‘living sculptures’.
The 3D holographic installation Ecce Homo had its world premiere at the LOOP Barcelona 2016, Spain.