Serge Salat: Beyond Infinity
You know how when you place two mirrors in front of each other and look in, a seemingly endless hall of mirrors appears? That’s called an Infinite Regress. The French artist, architect and theorist Serge Salat decided to manipulate this concept as much as he could, manifesting in an immersive installation in the Westgate Mall of Shanghai, China, called Beyond Infiniti. It was partially funded by Buick, so they could sometimes use it as a car showroom (Shanghai seems like such an over-stimulated place).
The room itself is not large. Using mirrors and fractal architecture, Salat leads the viewer to believe they are walking through an infinite space that goes on in every direction. Serge Salat describes the room as “a mystical journey, in which the visitor progresses into the reflected layers of dreams endlessly nested in each other.”
“Entering the work is also entering the world of the dream of the red mansion transposed to the 21st century,” he said, which is a reference to a classical Chinese novel by the author Cao Xueqin. Sounds like a pretty fun guy to have a conversation with.