Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Virtual Kinetics and the Art of the Image exhibit

The video above shows a three-dimensional version of the famous Eadweard Muybridge photographic study of a horse. The piece is by multimedia artist and educator David Gordon. Inspired by the work of Muybridge, Gordon creates animated sculpture, video animation, photocollage and assemblage, many of which use mechanical means to create and demonstrate the illusion of animated motion.

From the exhibit description:

Much of the work presented in Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image represents a peculiar decades-long collaboration between two gentlemen from different centuries, multimedia artist and educator Dave Gordon and Victorian inventor and photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Gordon continues the artistic work of "the father of film" by exploiting cutting edge technologies such as micro controllers and Hall-effect sensors to make Muybridge's motion studies interactive in a three dimensional environment. Inspired by Muybridge's images or wholly original, Gordon presents work in this show which lays bare the technology that all digital media uses to display images and mimic continuous motion.

The exhibit Virtual Kinetics, and the Art of the Image is on display at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA. The show is on display now and will run through August 31, 2011.

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