Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Camille Utterback / Interactive Installations

We've been talking a lot in class about the essential role of the audience. This artist creates interactive digital paintings that change to reflect the physical presence of people in the room:

Some thoughts:
  • The piece is entertaining and appealing for the same reasons the subway piano stairs are: it's fun to play with.
  • There's a sculptural aspect to the gestures participants make while interacting with the projection. It's also interesting to think of the room and people inside as one form with negative and positive space.
  • If the space and bodies in the room are considered part of the work, the piece becomes a system. The shapes on the wall respond to the human movements, which then affect the humans, etc.
  • What if a future version could sense the moods of the humans in the room? This would make the feedback effect extremely powerful. The projected images are traditionally beautiful: their colors, size, light, and lines have the capacity to make viewers feel a certain way. What if the emotive qualities of the piece changed to either amplify or switch the feelings of the people in the room?


Tessa said...

I would love to see a piece like this in a gallery. I agree with what Rebecca said about how the playful nature of the work and how it interacts with the audience in the room to create positive and negative space.

I also liked that she scanned in her own images because i really like the combination of the hand drawn images and the computer animation. It's not what you would expect, I think.

Hannah said...

I think Rebecca's last comment about the ability of this work being able to sense the mood of people and then projecting these moods into colors and shapes and movements is very true, and that's what I was thinking about as she was explaining a little bit about her past pieces. How could she be able to take this one step further? How is technology able to help artists fulfill new ideas?

Excaliborn7 said...

such amazing and beautiful work. I love the text=rain piece very much and have seen that before. I think the day is actually probably not long off when something like this could sense mood, but now I think that would require some electrodes hooked up to the brain, and that would make it less fun I'm sure. I also liked the way she described her process of drawing and scanning those growing balls. That is something to pay attention to...the way digital artists still bring in the "hand-made" stuff into their work. Sometimes digiatl art.presentations get overly techy (and therefore seem somewhat sterile). In this case, I think the works are well balanced and brilliant. cool stuff