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Boys Win Faster

Archival inkjet print of digital collage
2014
Boys Win Faster

Boys Win Faster is a digital collage that shows what appear to be two pages from an elementary school reading comprehension workbook, presented side by side. On the left is the unaltered page, and on the right is a page with identical tatters, tears, and marks as the original, but the text is a poem that appropriates, edits, and rearranges content from the original page. The poem is an interpretation of the sociocultural subtext of the content of the workbook page.

Boys Win Faster is a nod to the ubiquitous, ironic recontextualization of Dick and Jane.

Topio: Digital Video Coffee Table

Maple wood with black stain, tempered glass, commercial Samsung screen in custom enclosure, digital file on CF card
2013
Artwork by collisi1

The first digital video fine art coffee table. A hit at SCOPE: Miami Beach in December 2013, the piece features my digital video work: Bora Bora: Palm Fronds. Based on original footage shot in Bora Bora, the regular leaf structure of palms trees and strong island lighting help create endless geometric investigation of the green palette. (Other videos can also be shown.)

The table is a custom-made hard-wood fully functional piece of furniture. Topio (from the Greek word for landscape) takes my “modern landscapes” art work off the wall and out of “TV mode” to become the center of a room and integrate with its environment. The embedded screen is a custom-made professional signage design with commercial screen that can run flat and run 24/7. No remote controls needed. Dimming knob under table.

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Orbit - WNW

One-minute looping digital video on a digital frame
Orbit - WNW

The trajectory of an object orbiting earth creates an infinite path of motion; a straight line becomes curved as a result of earth’s gravitational pull. A point of light as seen from earth moves in an eerie, yet swift and steady arc across the night sky, rising from the west and setting east. Orbit - WNW explores the perception of motion by altering footage of the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting earth as seen by the naked eye. The ISS, a bright point of light, is transformed to become a straight line referencing the infinite path. The result creates the illusion of unbelievable speed while the experience is as silent as the near vacuum of space.

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The Drivers and the Cameras

digital prints on photo paper
2013
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras
The Drivers and the Cameras

The Drivers and the Cameras is the third part of The Google Trilogy: a project about the relationship between humans, power and technological errors.Each Google Street View car is equipped with a Dodeca 2360 camera with eleven lenses, capable of photographing 360 degrees. Afterwards the photos are assembled, creating a stereoscopic view, and an algorithm developed by Google automatically blurs the faces of people to protect the privacy of those accidentally portrayed. To create this series of photographs, I went looking for faces that had escaped Google Street View’s algorithm and the eleven portraits I isolated immortalize the drivers of the Google car. The driver becomes a sort of phantom power; he appears where he shouldn’t be and his presence escapes censorship. His face is the symbol of an error yet at the same time shows a human side and, perhaps, the limits of technological power.

 

http://emiliovavarella.com/works/google-trilogy/driver-and-cameras/

d6-4D+F0

digital print
2013
Juan Escudero: d6-4D+F0

A family of algebraic surfaces with many singularities have been introduced recently, by means of a kind of duality in the basic geometric constructions corresponding to the generation of substitution tilings. Self-similarity is a property shared by substitution tilings and fractal structures, but scaling invariance is hidden and distorted in a way that depends on the context.

d9-4D-Tres-B-Carceri-C

Digital print
2012
d9-4D-Tres-B-Carceri-C
d9-4D-Tres-B-Carceri-C @COLLISION18:present

This work continues the previous explorations on singular algebraic hypersurfaces. By projecting in three dimensions a hypersurface of degree nine inhabiting a four-dimensional space, the corresponding three-dimensional "shadows" are then used as the basic materials for its generation. The last part of the title refers both to the graphic work of the italian architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and the homonymous series by the english composer Brian Ferneyhough.

Pathways

Digital prints
2012
Birdwatching
Deconstruction
Locusts
Resurrection
Installation shot

Pathways is a set of digital images, which seeks to transcend our perception of reality. In using the aged, warm visual nature of film photography, coupled with the crisp veneers of digital imaging and generative art, this set of images seeks to synthesize aspect of the past and the future in unexpected ways. The work is fundamentally an exploration of our ability to recall past experiences. More often than not, our recollections of the past are nebulous, and as a result, we have a tendency to forget aspects while embellishing others. This work seeks to visually explore this predisposition by obfuscating components of the image while augmenting others.

Seis-Dinamica-F

Digital print
2011
Artwork by [user-name]

This work is based on a family of algebraic surfaces with many nodal singularities. They have been introduced recently, by means of a kind of duality in the basic geometric constructions corresponding to the generation of substitution tilings. Here the surface is a sextic with 59 real nodes. A dynamic process transforms the surface into another with a different nodal configuration.

Status Symbols

Digital Pigment Print
2011 - 2012
Artwork by [user-name]
Artwork by [user-name]
Artwork by [user-name]

 

Status Symbols is a series of virtual portraits that are studies of identity in the digital age of social media. Textual updates on sites such as Twitter and Facebook allow for virtual personas to be created with the prodding of, “What are you doing?” or “What’s on your mind?” at the direction of the social networks. Status Symbols showcases the virtual identities created from these self-scripted self-portraits. Abstract portraits are created with spinning LEDs that translate written words into flashing bursts of light in the computer’s language of binary code. Custom hardware and software are used to transform the text into ons and offs of binary code. Each portrait represents a fleeting moment of identity in the digital world.

The conceptual basis for the project is based upon current events related to digital identity, censorship, and privacy as seen through Twitter posts.  Collaborative portraits were made as a part of the @1stfans Twitter Art feed at the Brooklyn Museum in December 2010. The series also looks at portraiture through online updates from people who have larger than single-person identities, such as @BarackObama and @Britneyspears in addition to asking for the #status of everyday people.

The Sameness of Duality

framed digital print
2011
Artwork by [user-name]

The Sameness of Duality is the product of a custom branching algorithm that allows for variations in the number of branches at a given point, the length of the branching segments and the angle in which they branch. This particular branching configuration explores the idea that two sides of any one thing can be similar yet appear different depending on the angle in which one views them.

The Sameness of Duality relates to my recent frustration in dealing with "myself" - where I find that it is hard to separate oneself from another, and accordingly decide which self is the true "me."

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