1. Overview of Camille Utterback's Projects


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    Camille Utterback is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Utterback’s work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in layered and often humorous ways. Her work focuses attention on the continued relevance and richness of the body in our increasingly mediated world.

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    • Liquid Time Series


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      The Liquid Time Series explores how the concept of 'point of view' is predicated on embodied existence. Initially, the piece was an attempt to create an interactive installation where users' physical positions in the gallery (tracked by an overhead camera) controlled different 'perspectives' in a collage-like projection. The result of this exploration, however, is a series of pieces in which imagery of time, as well as space, is disrupted by users' motions.

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      • Abundance


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        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.

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        • Camille Utterback Talk - November 9th, 2011


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          Camille Utterback's 2011 talk at the Danforth Lecture Hall at Mills College.

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          • Text Rain


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            Text Rain is a playful interactive installation that blurs the boundary between the familiar and the magical. Participants in the Text Rain installation use the familiar instrument of their bodies, to do what seems magical - to lift and play with falling letters that do not really exist. In the Text Rain installation participants stand or move in front of a large projection screen. On the screen they see a mirrored video projection of themselves in black and white, combined with a color animation of falling text. Like rain or snow, the text appears to land on participants' heads and arms. The text responds to the participants' motions and can be caught, lifted, and then let fall again. The falling text will land on anything darker than a certain threshold, and "fall" whenever that obstacle is removed.

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            • Untitled 5


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              Untitled 5 is the fifth interactive installation in the External Measures Series, which Utterback has been developing since 2001. The goal of these works is to create an aesthetic system which responds fluidly and intriguingly to physical movement in the exhibit space. The installations respond to their environment via input from an overhead video camera. Custom video tracking and drawing software outputs a changing wall projection in response to the activities in the space. The existence, positions, and behaviors of various parts of the projected image depend entirely on people's presence and movement in the exhibit area.

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              • Shifting Time – San Jose, 2010


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                "Shifting Time – San Jose" is an interactive video installation that juxtaposes the past and present, where the viewer’s body becomes the interface to navigate between. In this piece, commissioned by the City of San Jose for the new terminal of the San Jose International airport, viewers encounter a projected still image. As they walk closer to the projection wall, the surface disrupts, pushing deeper into time in the pre-recorded video clips. Archival film footage blends with high-definition footage from the present, and viewers are able to travel back and forth through time by moving towards and away from the projection wall. Utterback’s software deconstructs the frame as the unit of playback, allowing multiple moments to appear simultaneously. This strategy speaks both to the possibilities of digital tools, and the dynamics of our fluid memories of places and moments in time.

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                • Potent Objects


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                  Potent Objects playfully examines they way we ascribe emotion to inanimate technologies. Potent Objects parallels current research in 'affective computing,' in which the capability of sensing and conveying emotion is built into computing devices. The work suggests that, though our machines may seem to be becoming more like us, the truth could be just the opposite. Potent Objects examines the tropes of interactivity as metaphors for human emotion. This project was funded by a 2002 Rockefeller Fellowship in New Media.

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                  • Encountering 'Text Rain'


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                    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

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