Artist Research and Reading

Artist Research

Two contemporary artists I chose to further research were Filip Sterckx and Antoon Verbeeck. Together they have created a digital art catalog known as Skullmapping based in Germany. The group utilizes three dimensional projecting, video mapping, virtual reality, and holograms to tell compelling and unique stories.

Sterckx began developing the idea about a decade ago, when projection mapping was relatively new. This really gave the world a whole new perspective on 3D art. Below is an example of his early work, where he projected very life-like videos in a way which allowed them to be cohesive, yet separate in their nature. It is titled, “Peepshow” and was displayed at the Ithaka arts festival.

He attended the LUCA School of Arts where he got his Masters in Animation Film. This lead to his help in the creation of various music videos. Sterckx also was known for projecting on sculptures he made to create a sense of motion, as seen in “My Orca”, not to mention his numerous works in commercial and short films. A common theme I noticed throughout his art was the sense of implied motion, created by the projector, and actual motion, which is created by the person working within the piece. There is an example below.

Once Sterckx teamed up with Antoon Verbeeck, Skullmapping really began to take off. Verbeeck started as an oil painter, finding ways to incorporate deeper meanings, such as his various philosophies, into his projects. For example, the concept of the, “Lonely Subject” allows him to paint realistic images, but with a background lacking in substance. His ability to separate subjects can make it more prominent and therefore easier to symbolize or convey an idea regarding the piece. adonkey

As a team, they were able to create projections that at first glance seem to resemble optical illusions. However, as the art progresses, the viewer can begin to follow the story line and make up a meaning for themselves, or trying to figure out what the duo was trying to dictate. Their versatility allows them to reach a wider audience. Their experience in mapping, storytelling, painting, 3D, and holograms is shown around the world via exhibits and also online through sites like Vimeo. Their work is inspiring to me because they take so many different concepts or art and combine them in a modern sense to create something visually intriguing.

After reviewing New Media: Guerilla Culture to Gadget Art, I found the segment about television interesting. The author describes the new media as being controlled by corporations, which can end up turning political. He then goes onto describe how T.V. has become a culture in itself, constantly being commercialized. I definitely notice this in my daily life. It always seems as if the same news programs are always the most popular. For example Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and CBS are just a few publicly known companies that are constantly trusted and looked upon for information. However, in reality people funding those corporations tend to have a say in things, and therefore can have an effect on societies perceptions. John A. Walker described it as “Top to bottom” distribution of information, meaning that people in power control mass media.

 

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