Datasutra_Another Lens

‘In continuing (ab)Normal’s research ‘On Resolution’ and KooZA/rch investigation into the process of making, this Abstraction is dedicated to the raw image of ‘DataSutra’ an exhibition presented by (ab)Normal at Anise Gallery.

At a time when the realm of the digital is exposed as the creator of fake realities, we aim to exploit the lenses of our hi-tech prosthesis as means to reveal the truth. From the first hole in the wall to the final cleaning, through a collection of images, videos & stories we invite your eyes to indulge into the naked process. ‘

Data: Anything that contains a descriptive fragment of information

Sutra: Ancient religious texts in which most of the Hinduist and Buddhist dogma is expressed.

Datasutra is an attempt by (ab) Normal, a collective of four architects, to manifest the liturgic unfolding of digital routines soaking our daily life, the architecture supporting this body of rituals and the consequent landscape.

On 29 November 2018 Anise Gallery will be transformed. An experiment in architectural representation, photorealistic renders are carefully de-constructed by (ab) Normal before they are rearranged in illustrations based on Normal vectors. In so doing, they avoid any traditional structure that builds the contemporary, familiar visual notion of space to produce an allegory of a culture that revolves obsessively around the internet, gaming and religion. The environments that (ab) Normal construct through their imagery will be replicated in the gallery setting, immersing visitors into the abnormal.


Normals are vectors describing the inclination of a nominal fragment of a surface, according to the point of view of the observer1. Thus, Normals are impalpable characteristics of surfaces, controlling lights and reflection. If Natural Evolution didn’t provide mankind with such a perception, technology did. Under the transhumanist perspective, Normals become akin to a supernatural sense, the first sense for the machine, the sixth human sense by product.


At the beginning of the 90’S, 3d Printing had been welcomed as the system that will upset the products industry. Autarchic utopias, in which the procedural design of an object will become more important than the object itself, in which a diffused society of producers will start to colonize popular fantasies with uncountable catalogues of user designed objects. Well, nothing of the sort came close to taking over. While the printing revolution might sparkle in a next future, these replicas remain useless. (ab) Normal collects and arranges them in three-dimensional collages.


These three topics, sounding at first unrelated, structured the prehistory of the metadata society. According to Harari, Religions are intersubjective reality, conventions trusted and supported without verification by entire communities. Religious dogmas

had always represented less the unravelling of a mystical truth rather than the trajectories that channel coexistence among men. Internet, and the consequent epiphenomena, could be understood more likely under this perspective; HTML and coding in general, are complex languages, oddly resonating as religious litany, understood by a very limited elite of initiated. The constant interactions with communication devices constitute a body of digital rituals reiterated without comprehension, like chanting the Christian rosary. What led us to embrace religions in the past, brought us to accept Internet as the main societal manager.

If Internet is a Religion, Gaming represents its heroic beginning, the rebellion against a pre-existing status quo.