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2W29 Project Report

Posted in MADA Assessment 02, Papers on March 18, 2008 by nalm

Nikolaos Almpanis
Camberwell College of Arts
18 March 2008

Project Report

The initial aim of this project was to re-define human portraiture in our digital society by creating with hybrid techniques a human portrait of identity. As this project was developing, after research and lot of experimentation with the digital medium, I have decided to focus more on the emotion that is been captured and conveyed through portraiture and less on the portrait it self as a fully developed paradigm of private information.

From the experience I have acquired from this unit, I have realized that the fusion of audio and visual imagery enhances the portrait by conveying the emotional state of the human-subject in a more informative way that almost reaches realism. Taking it one step further I had the idea to orientate my work in the creation of one of those particular instances, that we are not able to describe or recall, but they encapsulate the exact emotional state of our mind. I called them mind frames because they remind me the frames of a video footage.

The creation of one of my projects named ‘Human Generated Abstraction’ gave me good experience on creating something graphical from a black empty canvas. That was also a big step for the process I usually follow to create my work because sound was missing completely from the development as well as the final piece.

Concerning the digital portrait I still have to make a series of studies on face depiction and distortion in order to describe emotional states. Also motion and interaction tests (with the viewer) have to take place for better understanding the need of the interaction for my project.

For the final show I will require monitors preferably slim ones with good resolution, a pair of speakers for the audio needs, wii remotes and IR leds for the head tracking technique. The whole installation will be placed in a small dark room or inside a wooden cubistic construction, which I call ‘the box’. The idea is to isolate the viewer from external elements that might disorientate him.



2W28 Combining the studies

Posted in MADA Assessment 02, Video For Portraiture, Wii Interaction on March 10, 2008 by nalm

Phrases taking from the book ‘Francis Bacon Portraits and Heads’

‘The triptych form allow Bacon to show different aspects of the same face or to contrast images of three different people (including, sometime, himself).”

“Portraying three contrasting views of the same subject may also indicate a conception of human identity as fluctuating and relative.”

i have decided to unite all the studies in one piece

2W27 5th Study for Interaction

Posted in MADA Assessment 02, Wii Interaction on March 3, 2008 by nalm

the imagery is the same as the 4th study. here i use again the base that simulates perspective. i like the idea of a kind of base that the portrait stays on. i think it maximizes the feeling of disorientation when you move around the portrait but also supports the idea of a 3 dimensional environment that reacts also to the viewer’s movement.

2W25 3rd Study for Interaction

Posted in MADA Assessment 02, Wii Interaction on February 23, 2008 by nalm

the face is processed in a way that looks distorted in space. i m trying to brake prospective by creating a wrong fake one. i added an image as a base to help me understand the face visually in 3 dimensions. i dont use the wiimote interaction in this study, this is the reason that the face is still.

2W25 More motion Studies

Posted in Church Yard, MADA Assessment 02 on February 22, 2008 by nalm

I m exploring how space and motion interacts with the manipulation of the video and how this eventually will  influence the viewer

in both studies the movement changes the total look of the footage,two different ways though, two different points of view

2W25 Problem with the wiimote

Posted in MADA Assessment 02, Wii Interaction on February 19, 2008 by nalm

Johnny Chung Lee at his website uses the head tracking with a 3d image. for my project i need video clips instead of images. that’s a problem that i m trying to resolve by surfing the www for similar projects and by adding questions to the wiimote forum about my specific problem.

2W23 Experimenting with video footage

Posted in Experiments, MADA Assessment 02 on February 10, 2008 by nalm