Untitled 6 is the sixth piece in Utterback’s External Measures Series. The series began with Utterback’s attempts to create interactive paintings, and has evolved as she continues to experiment with the possibilities for hinging digital aesthetic systems to human movement. Utterback’s installations are generated by a set of software rules she writes. These rules react visually to movement in the installation space, and interact with each other to create dynamic live animations.+ 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
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.+ 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
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.+ More details
Installation of interactive video projection visible from 55 Taylor Street in San Francisco as part of the GAFFTA OPEN exhibition on display Oct 1 - Nov 18 2009 Liquid Time by Camille Utterback GAFFTA Production Crew: Tana Sprague Barry Threw Stephanie Sherriff Chris Delbuck+ 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
MacArthur Foundation Fellow Camille Utterback is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Her work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems, through her own software programming, to human movement and gesture in layered and often humorous ways. Utterback's work is featured in an exhibition, Camille Utterback: Tracing Time/Marking Movement, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts through May 19, 2013. The exhibition presents four interactive digital installations, including the landmark work Text Rain (1999), created by Utterback in collaboration with the Israeli artist Romy Achituv. In this work, letters, words, and phrases from Evan Zimroth’s poem “Talk, You” cascade like discrete objects onto the projected image of a viewer/participant, to “rest” momentarily on heads, arms, and shoulders. This exhibition includes one of Utterback’s digital animations and a display of her recent public art projects that gives insight into her working process. Utterback’s artworks' significance rests with their activation of basic human responses: the pleasure at the sheer gracefulness of the animated images, the gratification at being able to participate in their unfolding, and the intellectual stimulation that comes from integrating abstract language with physical movement to posit a new level of communication. This exhibition was organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and co-curated by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala and Curator Trinita Kennedy.+ More details
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