A conceptual art parody series that I'm working on.
Yves Klein: the famous performance artist and painter who liked to dip nude women in blue paint and have them press themselves against canvases. He called this "human brush" style of painting "Anthropometry."
Quake 4: A generic first person shooter released by id software in 2005. It contains virtual bodies, yet no one has used them to paint with yet.
Its meant to be a critical gesture which appropriates both Yves Klein's anthropometry painting technique along with id software's Quake 4 simultaneously. The goal is to poke fun at the 20th century avant-garde, while re-purposing the place of commercial video games in relation to the fine art world.
Its also meant to be funny.
I hope to show it in two formats: 1) like you see here, with series of these virtual performances edited into a short video and 2) a gallery installation version which consists of large-scale framed stills of the virtual paintings which are left of the floor, along with a small LCD monitor playing the performance which produced the painting.
This was a kind of first draft. I hope to take more footage with more performers in the near future.
In the full interest of "fair use" here are credits where credit is due:
Performance environment: "Quake 4" by Raven software and id software.
Music: "Tetsuo" from the Akira OST recorded by Geinō Yamashirogumi. "Monotone Symphony" written by Yves Klein.
Virtual Performers: Tom Ruiz, Adam Trowbridge, Jesus Duran, Tesia Kosmalski, Roque Diego, John Messer, Alejandro Borsani, Jeremy Tubbs.
Filmed using the facilities of the UIC DVL.
Directed and edited by myself (2009).
(a note to the vimeo staff: this is a machinima with a specific story (although a non-linear one) and artistic purpose aimed at using a video game interface for art making and intentionally against its intended use of video game playing. Just thought I would mention it, as I don't want to seem like someone trying to evade the uploading rules.)
Anthropometries for Quake 4 (After Yves Klein) by Chaz Evans is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.