Hydra Algorithmica, 2022
Hydra Algorithmica, 2022
“Hydra Algorithmica” by Botchy-Botchy, is inspired by the Greek mythology of Hercules’ second labour to slay the Lernaean Hydra, a multi-headed serpent; a common trope in Baroque art.
Influenced by drawings from Japanese master painters Katsushika Hokusai and Kawanabe Kyosai in the Edo period, the backdrop of the work is set in a cloudy full moon night. A Japanese female samurai standing on a suspended rock, brandishing a katana, faces a six-headed Hydra. Behind this multi-headed, fearsome monster, stands a Yūrei, a tall figure in Japanese folklore analogous to the Western model of ghosts.
The multiple appendages of the Hydra ending in snake heads take on various forms that includes a dinosaur type of head covered in polka dots resembling Yayoi Kusama’s repeating dot patterns; a triceratop similarly known as a “three-horned face” evoking medieval bestiaries; a Medusa channeling Albrecht Dürer’s etching style; a shouting human head inspired by Miró and Picasso; a 60’s psychedelic human head and a “Tokusatsu Kaiju” type of head evoking the strange monsters populating the Japanese sci-fi TV dramas such as Godzilla and Ultraman.
The later versions of the Hydra story added a regeneration feature to the monster where it was said that for every head decapitated, the Hydra would regrow two heads. This myth relates to the nature of the ‘Fold’, a unifying concept in Gilles Deleuze’s study of Leibniz and the Baroque (1988). It interprets the constant transformation of information being stretched, augmented, bent, crumpled, intertwined, gathered and dispersed again as it weaves through compressed time and space. A metaphor for the concept of baroque transformation but also a symbol of the internet and its ever growing connections.
Fusing different cultures, styles, fantasies and techniques, the work is accentuated and comes to life through an immersive experience with Artivive’s augmented reality software.
Tokyo based French illustrator who draws mostly in ink, makes murals and digital animations. Nonsense, fetishism and music are some of his favorite themes. He had an adult-oriented picture book published in Japan in 2019 called “Aozora”, illustrating the eponymous song from The Blue Hearts, one of the most famous 1980s Japanese bands.
Botchy-Botchy also makes music and recently collaborated with Japanese singer and musician, Koshi Miharu to write French lyrics for a song called “Voyage secret”. Miharu has long standing affiliations with YMO-founder Haruomi Hosono and her later work has led to European classical music, French chanson and early 20th century European Jazz, which she sings in several languages, most often French.
Botchy-Botchy made his foray into the NFT space with his first NFT sale at CrypTokyo, Japan’s first Physical NFT exhibition in Harajuku’s UltraSuperNew Gallery, curated by the experts at Blockchain Art Exchange (BAE), a leading NFT marketplace, in partnership with GrowYourBase (GYB), an NFT Membership site, who are both accelerating the NFT revolution.
Botchy-Botchy has won numerous awards for his animation works and posters which include Starbucks Film@Home project, Japan 6 Sheet Jury Special award, Minute Mapp International Tokyo Finalist, Roppongi designers Flag Contest, Nippon designers school 2nd prize, JAGDA International Student Poster Award Selection, Spiral Independent Creators Festival Selection and Umipos Nippon Foundation. He had a 2-pages article in the french weekly magazine Telerama in march 2020 and is currently working on a graphic novel.