[ISEA2019] Artists Statement: Kyle McDonald & Inmi Lee – Mother

Artists Statement

OpenFrameworks, Xbox Kinect, video, 3D printer, dimensions variable.

Mother is a series of generative sculptures that explore synesthetic connections between language and form by analyzing hand gestures that represent the participants’ interpretations of unfamiliar spoken words. The gestures of the participants were captured in 3D using a Kinect, interpreted with openFrameworks, and printed with a rapid prototyping machine. In contrast to the unrecorded spoken language, which is ephemeral, the language that is printed three-dimensionally becomes embodied in a physical form. In this work, the human translator is replaced by a computer. The concept of translation is thus stretched, expanded, and re-contextualized, providing a flexible way to see and experience language through a work of art.

  • Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He creates interactive and immersive audiovisual installations, performances, and new tools for creative exploration. He uses techniques from computer vision, machine learning, networking, and computing to create unusual experiences. His work is commissioned by and shown at exhibitions and festivals around the world, including NTT ICC, Ars Electronica, Sonar/OFFF, Eyebeam, Anyang Public Art Project, Cinekid, CLICK Festival, NODE Festival, and many others.
  • Inmi Lee draws from existing sociopolitical conditions, particularly surrounding language and speech and creates speculative narratives that reveal our latent social desires. The research-based fictions critique the limitations of existing solutions of social problems while expanding the imaginary around these issues. She has presented her work at Anren Biennale in China, SIGGRAPH, Digital Art Biennale in Seoul, Boston Cyberarts Festival, International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, and in Madrid Abierto, Spain.