Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales [Deus EX Media]
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo – Santiago – Chile – 2012
Anna Barros e Alberto Blumenschein
The domination of seeing in the nanoworld is altered by the entry of three-dimensional topographic images, closer to tactile sense. The existential condition of nanoscience lies between matter and energy, a world unseen but felt; here it is possible to blur the boundaries of mind.The scientific images derive from samples of a petrified tree that grew 200 million years ago in a paleontological reserve of Mata, in Rio Grande do Sul scanned by the Scanning Force Microscope (Laboratório de Filmes Finos, Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo). Animations of poetic nature were created from these topographic images in 3D computer programs. The still images generated by the computer program connected with the microscope are in tiff, and even if they are seen in the third dimension with topographic quality, they do not show the necessary technical characteristics to create 3D animations. An independent object that can be animated is required. To this purpose, I worked with the Blender in order to obtain a bitmap, which was then transferred in sequence to the 3D, where I created the animations. While science and media try to capture images from these tiny particles to understand their properties, Weaving Time tries to make them accessible, poetically and intuitively, according to the felicitous space of Bachelard, the imagination space. We can enter a nanoscape. The animations are supposed to be weaved on people’s body. While walking in a nanoart installation, we carry the experimental and conceptual burden of culture, and we have to acquire new perceptive experiences to fully enjoy the experience in nanotechnology and nanoscience.
First version exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art
Santa Maria – Rio Grande do Sul – Brasil – 2011;
Two simultaneous and independent video projections:
A. Projector 1 projects onto the wall from a DVD loop.
B. Projector 2 projects onto the rug on the floor from a PC computer
This software is triggered by the motion capture of the persons moving over the rug.
A tilted wecam, installed at the roof, captures the peoples movement and activates the flash movie with the videos.
The webcam is adapted to see only infrared light.
A infrared light fixture iluminate the rug area.
Obs.: The webcam must be positioned at the exact geometric centre of the rug.
Photos by Chin Hua (Chile), Carlos Donaduzzi (Santa Maria) and Anna Barros