[ISEA2018] Paper: Clarissa Ribeiro, Andrew Buchanan & Clara Reial — Expanded Relief (Holographic Meditations)


Short Paper

Keywords: Algorithmic Design, Generative Design, Processing, Optical Illusion, Animation, Spatial Reliefs, Neoconcretism, Hélio Oiticica, Cybernetic Cinema, Expanded Cinema, Sculpture

The work presented here is a tribute to Hélio Oiticica’s radical series of red and yellow ‘Spatial Relief’ (1960) dialoguing with Moholy-Nag’s attempts to create sculptures that would inhabit  space without a support. Exploring the concept of ‘expanded cinema’ (specifically the idea of ‘Cybernetic Cinema’), in ‘Expanded Relief: Holographic Meditations’ (2018), the illusion of tridimensionality generated by optical physics, in a configuration similar to the Pepper’s Ghost technique, expands the algorithmic images produced in processing. The red color subtle  differentiations in the illusionary volumes, the geometric irregularity and variation, are resultants from movements and superpositions of shapes algorithmically conceived and animated. The installation is an invitation to meditate on the subtle existence of the image and the role of the observation in creating reality

  • Clarissa Ribeiro, media artist and researcher, chair of the LASER talks Fortaleza, PhD, MArch, B.Arch, Former Fulbright Scholar, Director of the Lab for Innovation and Prototyping (LIP), coordinates the CrossLab research group at the University of Fortaleza in Brazil. As an independent artist, she has been producing and exhibiting experimental interactive installations exploring crossscale perspectives in media arts and science, working in collaboration with other artists, research groups and art collectives in her home country, Brazil, and abroad. clarissaribeiro.com
  • Andrew Buchanan holds a PhD in Creative Media from RMIT University (Plasmatic: Improvising Animated Metamorphosis) focusing on metamorphic animation and the production and reception theories of improvised animated images. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in Animation and Interactive Media and a Bachelor of Industrial Design. Over the last decade, his work has been shown exhibited at the Sydney Film Festival, Experimenta Media Biennial, The International Symposium on Electronic Art, The National Gallery of Victoria, White Night, and at other national and international animation and projection
    art events.
  • Clara Reial is a 3rd year student doing a bachelor of architecture and urban planning at the University of Fortaleza. Since 2015 Clara joined the Crosslab research group and has been collaborating on projects in the intersections between art, architecture, science and technology. In 2017 she served as a Junior Teacher Assistant for Professor Clarissa Ribeiro’s classes on Experimental Design Strategies at UNIFOR and had published papers in international and local conferences documenting and discussing the didactic strategies she helped implementing.

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