Peter Burr (US), Mark Fingerhut (US), Forma (US)

Computer Animation




Descent is a downloadable digital artwork that’s inspired by both Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 1562 painting Triumph of Death and the Black Plague, carried by hordes of rats.

Taking the form of a desktop application, descent.exe gives the user a brief glimpse of a world descending into darkness, as the plague of rats that has infested the desktop destroys everything in its wake. The project aims to be a playful meditation on one of humanity’s blackest hours.

The digital artwork was created by artist Peter Burr and programmer Mark Fingerhut, with music by Forma. The PC program is available for free download and a video version also exists.