BORN DIGITAL

By Kate Shafer • Artists • 26 Jan 2012

January 28—April 30, 2012

CAM Raleigh’s newest feature exhibition, Born Digital, invites visitors to physically explore digital culture and movement-driven artwork—to exercise their creativity and act on their curiosity. Opening January 28, 2012, the exhibition showcases the contemporary, visitor-dependent art of 12 national and international pioneers of digital and new media art.

 

Featured Designers and Artists
Born Digital contributors include: Advanced Media Lab, Jacob Ciocci, R. Luke DuBois, Channel TWo, Brent Green, Ajay Kurian, LoVid, Cole Pierce, Dennis Rosenfeld, Daniel Rozin, Scenocosme, and Karolina Sobecka.

Most of the featured artworks in the exhibition employ computer vision technologies, more commonly known as interactive video. The combined use of digital video cameras and custom computer software allows each artwork to “see,” and respond to, bodies, colors, and/or motion in the space of the museum. The few works not using cameras in this fashion employ similar technologies towards the same end; they are reflections of our digital culture. Sniff is an interactive projection in the CAM Raleigh gallery windows. As visitors walk by the projection, their movements and gestures are tracked by a computer vision system. A computer-generated dog follows the visitors, dynamically responding to their gestures and changing its behavior accordingly. Daniel Rozin’s Snow Mirror, is a video software projection which slowly reveals our images in what looks like falling snow. Kate Shafer, gallery and exhibitions manager at CAM Raleigh, describes the piece as, “stepping into an electronic snow globe.” R. Luke DuBois’ most recent and large-scale series, A More Perfect Union, provides commentary about our online selves through maps. DuBois joined 21 different online dating sites and constructed a census of the United States based on an analysis of the profiles of 19 million single Americans; shown as a series of colored and re-labeled maps, the work investigates the lexicon of American self-identity in the twenty-first century.

Making their United States premiere, Scenocosme, a collaboration between French artists Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt, presents an interactive garden. Akousmaflore is a small garden composed of living musical plants, which respond to visitors’ gestures. Each plant replies in a different way to contact or warmth by producing a specific sound. The plant “language” or song occurs through touch and the close proximity of the visitor. The plants sing when the visitor is touching or stroking them lightly and a plant concert is created.

Working in the tradition of artist as mythmaker, Brent Green takes the story of the woman who sewed the spacesuit for Laika, the ill-fated dog launched into space in 1957 by the Soviets to test whether a living creature could survive space flight, for the beginning of his 10-minute animated film, which is housed in a modified phonograph. Green is high school educated, and lives and works in a barn in Cressona, Pennsylvania, a town of 1,600, where he grew up. As an aspiring writer-musician in his early 20s, he taught himself how to draw cartoons so that he could animate the images in his stories and songs, continuously inventing new ways to merge film, sculpture, and music.

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