I attended the Dance Hack event, which is a gathering of technologists and artist. Mostly it is dancers and coders that that come together with the hope of fusing art and emerging technology. An interesting collaboration is this sort of paint by person, where you can use a person as a canvas in a program similar to paint, pictured above. My favorite would have to be the digital dance with the technology of full motion capture. In this case a dancer is wearing a motion tracking suite in which they do their choreography. The interesting part is the visualizations possible in the digital arena where in this case the can program light trails emanating from the hands/motion of the arms. Surprisingly the coolest aspect is in how much of a collaborative thing it truly was. This is because there where three pints of axis, one was the body of the dancer, second was the non-tagged fellow dancer that facilitated some of the moments. With his absence in the digital arena (avatar) it created interesting motions of that digitized body of the dancer that would otherwise go against the laws of physics in real life. The third point of axis is what I like to think of as the camera person, the one who establishes the shot of the dancers and frames them in the digital arena. Although there are actually no cameras involved in the project, and it is more of person behind a computer positioning the shot via a mouse/track pad. Overall I’m always impresed by the presentations by this group, they go by the name of Kinetech Arts.
I attended the screening of Hieronymous Bosch: Touched by the Devil at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Hieronymous was a painter that lived during the 1500s in the Netherlands. The documentary followed art historians in their discovery of the motivations and reason of the painter as well as in pursuit of finding new material and the various ways of authenticating it. One interesting feature of the work covered in the film is that apparently Hieronymous had apprentice working along with him, including his family of painters which caused difficulty in the authentication process. In the end when putting on a show the art historians would have to label the art on display as being done in the Studio of Bosch, in order to not deliberately deceive the viewer when the true painter is questionable.
At first it seems that the video is about facades, or the exterior that hides a different interior. I get this feeling from the briefcase that encapsulates a man, and from the opening animation of a pig inside of a chicken suit. The music moves from a traditional use of trumpets, giving the feeling of a fair, to more electronic tones, creating a sense of transformation. Abrupt starts and stops towards the end of the video work well as they become more frequent along with the music change. The use of boke spheres across the screen help create an uncertain middle and ending, reminding me of speeding car, a swift getaway. The hidden camera with a strong vignette of a person speaking, also adds to this feeling. Overall I think this is strong work, that to me speaks about transformation, transformation without a clear sense of resolution. For me, this is life, and so I feel this piece to be true to it.
There was a young man
There was a young man who said:
Though it seems that I know that I know,
What I’d like to see,
Is the “I” that knows “me”,
When I know that I know that I know.
Children of Men
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind