Photograph — 50in x 35in — 2013
Photograph — 50in x 35in — 2013
Photograph — 35in x 50in — 2013
...Much More To Come!
This animation was built to accompany Isaac Schankler
in performing his composition The Familiar Spirit with The Lorelei Ensemble
, a choir in Boston MA. The generative visuals move through several 3D environments, created from photographs. The animation responds to Schankler's performance, creating a unique experience each time it is performed. The project was programmed in the Processing programming language.
Composition & Electronics
: Isaac Schankler
: Amaranth Borsuk
: The Lorelei Enseble
Video To follow...
This animation is part of a larger multi-faceted installation called Black (W)hole
, which is a collaboration with artist Sara Mast
, physicist Nico Yunes
and composer Jason Bolte
. Originally commissioned for the Celebrating Einstein
conference at Montana State University, the installation will travel to further venues in the near future. More Information soon...
My contribution to the installation is a dynamically generated model of a black hole and its accretion disc of gas and dust. Also visible is the "Zoom Whirl Orbit" of a second smaller black hole. This spiral shape is specific to the orbits of black holes, and generates gravitational waves. The animation was coded in the Processing programming language.
Supported by grants from NASA & the National Science Foundation.
is the frigid meltwater that runs through the Ucross Foundation Ranch
This site specific performance is captured through 160 photographs over 10 minutes. The body is brought close to hypothermia and total exhaustion while performing simple gestures of survival and ritual.
Blocking the Exits
speculates about an increasingly dystopic vision of our future, as expressed through popular film, comics and literature. These works of fiction reflect real conflicts and tension including environmental collapse, disaster and war. The work depicts an apocalyptic world where four characters have the final experience of crumbling pillars of civilization: water, food, energy and communication.
This dynamically-edited, single-channel animation is comprised entirely of still photographs that have been animated through morphing algorithms. It is displayed on a 42in Flatscreen.
Special Thanks to:
Isaac Schankler - Sound Design
Henri Lucas at DMA UCLA
Everyone at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.
is a narrated video and performance which borrows its form from children's literature, comic books and apocalyptic film. The piece explores a poisoned world inhabited by survivors and mutants.
Music by Issac Schankler
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions: June 30, 2011
Alter Egos was commissioned by the City of Santa Monica for the Biennial media art festival GLOW
Alter Egos is a dynamically generated video installation which confronts the GLOW’s audience with a fictional counterpart - a virtual audience populated with the denizens of an atemporal Los Angeles. The two groups meet gazes through a single-channel video installation. The figures within this “window” exhibit strange characteristics which blend the tropes and archetypes of science fiction, comic book culture, fantasy, and (dis-)utopian found within the genre of Speculative Fiction at large.
is a data sculpture created in collaboration with Casey Alt
. The work consists of a stack of 100 15 inch-square acrylic plates with each plate representing one year from 1908 to 2008. Each plate has 100 holes that correspond to the top 100 most frequent noun phrases associated with the phrase "in the future" for each year according to Google News Archive, Google Scholar, and Google Blog search results. The diameter of each hole varies with the relative frequency of each term. For example, in the plate for 1945, the hole for the term "war" has a large diameter since many people were making predictions about the future of warfare. The plates are each 3/8" thick and are stacked vertically on top of 4 small plastic supports with the oldest plate (1908) at the bottom and the most recent one (2008) on the top. The entire height of the piece (with supports) is 40". A horizontal beam of white light randomly walks up and down one side of the sculpture, illuminating one plate at a time.
Future Times was prototyped in 2007, and completed in 2009.
is a dynamically generated animation which follows a flow of particles through various stages of scale, light and motion. This work was informed by the ever-growing scope of human vision. As we gaze deeper into the nature of matter, and farther into the reaches of space, we have generated a visual language associated with these fantastic notions beyond our natural senses.
Dust utilizes custom software written in the Processing programming language. Various parameters are algorithmically determined within an architecture of possibility. It was created to be performed to generative or live music. Dust was first created in 2006, then remade in 2009.
is an ongoing series of performative videos, photographs and installations. The project borrows the notion of super-power from popular comic book culture as an appealing but hopeless form of escapism. Part of a broader practice focused on speculative fiction, Giant-Sized Issues
depicts super-bodies and other-worlds that both admit their impossibility while imaging other potentials. Through simple lighting techniques and digital processes an image of super-power is created but ultimately (and purposefully) it fails to construct a seamless illusion. Each piece attempts to create a tension between the appeal of suspended disbelief and the inevitable failure to escape the real world. The series is divided into three volumes which were shot beginning in 2008.
Volume 3 was created while in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida during the summer of 2009.
Untitled (Army), 2009
Untitled (Mouth), 2009