In the Crossing installation participants encounter a still video projection of abstract black lines on a blue background. Moving into an area tracked by an overhead camera causes the image fragment and ripple in front of one's body. As participants move back and forth they may eventually cross a perceptual threshold - recognizing the warped and curving lines as the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge.+ More details
An encounter one day in July 2013 with the video installation 'Text Rain' at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Ky. This engrossing 1999 video installation piece using projection software is a work by Camille Utterback and Romy Achituv, currently installed in the elevator lobby of the 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky. The alphabet cascade of letters cleverly form lines from a poem by Evan Zimroth and the letters drop onto whatever human shape is picked up by a camera in the center of the piece. In the words of the installation wall plaque: "'... Reading the phrases in Text Rain becomes a physical as well as a cerebral endeavor." Definitely a destination piece for anyone intrigued by the the possibilities of the intersection between art, technology and coolness. CAMILLE UTTERBACK website:http://camilleutterback.com/ ROMY ACHITUV website: http://www.gavaligai.com/main/home.html 21c MUSEUM HOTEL: http://www.21cmuseumhotels.com/louisville/ THE SOUNDTRACK is titled "Hyperdrive" by The Flow: http://soundcloud.com/the-flow THE VIDEO is a production of TheWebTheater.com: http://thewebtheater.com+ More details
Abundance is a temporary public installation commissioned for the City of San Jose, California by ZER01 – the Art and Technology Network. At night, Abundace transforms the city hall plaza into an interactive social space. A video camera mounted on the City Hall captures the movements of people in the plaza below. A dynamic animation generated in response to this movement is projected onto the 3-story cylindrical rotunda. Utterback’s colorful, fluid and delicate imagery creates a subtle subversion of the bold geometry of architect Richard Meier’s building – warming and humanizing its surface.+ More details
Compilation of some of the digital media classes at Anderson Ranch Art Center under Program Director Krista Connerly. Footage includes a physical computing class taught by Camille Utterback, and an interactive installation class taught by Nikolai Cornell.+ More details
Gathering is a dual-screen networked interactive video installation, commissioned by and permanently installed at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. In the piece, visitors see themselves reflected in one of two video projections. They can move, kick, group and bounce shapes which fall from the top of the projection. These shapes contain a live video feed from the adjacent projection area. Visitors in the pink space can manipulate the blob-windows that look out into the blue space. Likewise, users in the blue space can manipulate their windowed views of the pink space. Participants use their entire bodies to engage in a mediated communication between different spaces, exploring new types of visual and physical communication.+ More details
Artist Camille Utterback, whose work is featured in the Frist Center’s exhibition Tracing Time/Marking Movement on view through May 19, 2013, discusses the creation and evolution of her interactive installations and other computer generated works. She explores how the creation of her works—which rely on cameras and computer code—is similar too, yet different from traditional painting, and how she became interested in computational systems to construct her pieces. She shares her process, as well as a behind-the-scenes looks at the prototyping and fabrication of some of her large-scale public works. Ultimately, Utterback muses on her path as an artist working between the worlds of traditional media and contemporary technology, and what this has taught her as a human being.+ More details
External Measures, 2003 is the third piece in a series of interactive installations which hinge the parameters of dynamic compositions to human motion in the gallery space. This piece creates a hypnotic tension between presence and absence, mark making and erasing, human gesture and algorithmic drawing.+ More details
This interactive installation explores the possibilities of an projected kinetic sculpture that responds to people's positions and movements using video tracking. The kinetic sculpture is a projected image, but the positions, velocity, and existence of various parts of the sculpture image depend on people's positions and motions in the space in front of the projection.+ More details
Alluvial is a dual-channel interactive installation commissioned for a private home. Two overhead video cameras track people’s movements in the entryway below while Utterback’s software outputs two dynamic animations to the projection screens. A person’s body adds visual information to one screen, while subtracting from the other, and this interplay of positive and negative, additive and subtractive qualities builds as more and more people enter the space. This process of simultaneous accumulation and disintegration creates a temporary beauty, where the buildup of delicate grains of sand (or points of light), can easily be disturbed by the bolder graphics indicating another person’s presence in the space.+ More details
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