MEMO AKTEN

Body Paint

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Abstract:
“Body Paint”, de Memo Akten, é uma instalação interativa – um instrumento visual – que permite que os usuários pintem com seus corpos em uma tela virtual, interpretando movimentos, gestos e dança em composições em constante evolução. O objetivo não é criar uma nova interface para a produção de quadros estáticos, e sim uma maneira mais natural de criar, dirigir e executar imagens em movimento em tempo real, com foco na experiência de interação. O que importa não é a pintura criada no final, mas a sensação de cada um ao usá-la e reagir em tempo real com sua própria criação, enquanto esta evolui. Nosso corpo é um veículo de expressão emocional. Quando falamos, nosso corpo inteiro se movimenta. Quanto mais nos animamos, mais ficamos envolvidos e inflamados com aquilo que estamos dizendo, maior é o nosso entusiasmo. “Body Paint” explora justamente esse instinto natural de nos expressarmos movimentando o corpo inteiro e dançando, e o combina com nosso desejo subconsciente de criar – sobretudo de criar algo belo. A instalação tem sido apresentada em vários eventos, galerias e festivais em todo o mundo, incluindo a exposição Decode no Museu Victoria & Albert em Londres, Reino Unido; Lovebytes Code: Craft na Millenium Gallery em Sheffield, Reino Unido; Le Cube Festival em Paris, França; Exhibit Festival em Veneza, Itália; Flussi Festival na Itália; e Vigo Transforma na Espanha. A interação é simples, o movimento gera pintura. Ocultas na simplicidade estão camadas de detalhes sutis. Diferentes aspectos do movimento: tamanho, velocidade, aceleração, curvatura, todos têm um efeito sobre o resultado: pinceladas, borrifos, pingos, espirais, e os usuários têm o papel de jogar e descobrir. A instalação é projetada para funcionar com qualquer número de pessoas e é modulável para ocupar áreas pequenas ou grandes. É também adequada para um único usuário, mas uma nova dinâmica surge quando vários usuários estão presentes. A interação entre usuários se dá quando o público começa a brincar através da instalação, jogando tinta virtual e tentando concluir ou destruir as pinturas uns dos outros.
Biography:
Memo Akten é um artista visual, músico e engenheiro que trabalha na interseção de arte e tecnologia. Ao desenvolver e se apropriar de novas tecnologias, ele explora processos para visualizar o invisível extraindo e ampliando as relações invisíveis dentro de imagens, espaço, movimento, som e tempo. Seu trabalho varia de apresentações de música ao vivo/ dança/teatro, instalações com imersão interativa em larga escala e videoclips musicais a trabalhos on-line e aplicativos móveis. Suas principais exposições e performances incluem locais e eventos como o Victoria & Albert Museum (Londres), o Royal Festival Hall (Londres), o Creators Project (Nova York, São Paulo, Pequim), o Holon Museu (Tel Aviv), o Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscou), a Bienal de Sydney, o Festival Musical Aldeburgh, o Festival de Cinema em Edimburgo e o Mapping Festival (Genebra), entre outros.
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source: fileorgbr

Abstract:
“Body Paint” by Memo Akten is an interactive installation – a visual instrument – allowing users to paint on a virtual canvas with their body, interpreting movements, gestures, and dance into evolving compositions. Its purpose is not to create a new interface for creating static paintings, but a more natural way of creating, directing, and performing moving images in real time, with focus on the interaction experience. What matters is not the painting created at the end, but the sensation one experiences while using it and reacting in real time to their own creation as it evolves. Our body is a vessel for emotional expression. When we talk, we move with our whole body. The more excited we get, the more involved and passionate we are with what we are saying, the more animated we get. “Body Paint” taps into this, our natural instinct to express ourselves with full body movement and dance, and combines it with our subconscious desire to create – even more so, our desire to create something beautiful. The installation has been shown in various events, galleries, and festivals across the world, including the Decode exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; Lovebytes Code: Craft at the Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, UK; Le Cube Festival, Paris, France; Exhibit Festival, Venice, Italy; Flussi Festival, Italy; and Vigo Transforma, Spain. The interaction is simple, movement creates paint. Hidden in the simplicity are layers of subtle details. Different aspects of the motion: size, speed, acceleration, curvature, all have an effect on the outcome: strokes, splashes, drips, spirals; and is left up to the users to play and discover. The installation is designed to work with any number of people and is scalable to cover small or large areas. While the installation is suitable for a single user, when multiple users are present a new dynamic emerges. A user-to-user interaction is born when the audience starts playing with each other via the installation, throwing virtual paint on each other, trying to complete or destroy each other’s paintings.
Biography:
Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer who works at the intersection of art and technology. In developing and appropriating new technologies, he explores processes of visualizing the invisible extracting and amplifying the unseen relationships within images, space, movement, sound, and time. His work ranges from live music/dance/theatre performances, large-scale immersive interactive installations and music videos to online works and mobile applications. Selected exhibitions and performances include Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), Creators Project (New York, Sao Paulo, Beijing), Holon Museum (Tel Aviv), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Sydney Biennale, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Mapping Festival (Geneva) and more.
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source: msavisuals

“Body paint” by Mehmet Akten is an interactive installation – a visual instrument – allowing users to paint on a virtual canvas with their body, interpreting movement, gestures and dance into evolving compositions. It’s purpose is not to create a new interface for creating static paintings, but more a natural way of creating, directing and performing moving images in realtime, with focus on the interaction experience. What matters is not the painting created at the end, but the sensation one experiences while using it and reacting in realtime to their own creation as it evolves – analogous to a musical instrument – while one often plays a piano to compose and record, it is quite common to just play and improvise without any concern for recording. Every note is just for the moment, a realtime reaction coming from within, in response to your journey so far. Hence when you stop moving, the painting fades away to white, leaving only the memory, like the song you just played on the piano.

Our body is a vessel for emotional expression. When we talk, we move with our whole body. As we get excited, and more involved and passionate about what we are saying, we get more animated. Body Paint taps into this, our natural instinct to express ourselves with full body movement and dance, and combines it with our subconscious desire to create – even more so, our desire to create something beautiful.
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source: msavisuals

Memo Akten is a visual artist, musician and engineer working at the intersection of art and science. His work covers a range of disciplines including installations, performances, films, music videos, online works and mobile applications. Driven by the urge to make the seemingly impossible, possible; and awaken our childlike instincts to explore and discover; he explores new ways of creating and performing images and sound. Playing at the border between abstract and figurative, he extracts and amplifies the unseen relationships within images, space, movement, sound and time. While his primary crafts include writing software, working with and appropriating new technologies; above all his work focuses on creating powerful emotional and evocative experiences.

He is on the selection committee of ACM SIGGraph, computational consultant on the Architectural Associations’ Design Research Lab and one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project. A strong supporter of open-source and believer in the sharing of knowledge, he gives lectures and workshops around the world. In 2011 he co-founded Marshmallow Laser Feast; a collective of like-minded artists, designers, engineers.

His work has been exhibited and performed worldwide including Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Royal Festival Hall (London), Creators Project (New York, Sao Paulo, Beijing), Holon Museum (Tel Aviv), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), STRP Biennale (Eindhoven), The Roundhouse (London), National Media Museum (Bradford), Sydney Biennale, File Festival (Sao Paulo, Rio), Aldeburgh Music Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and more (see http://www.memo.tv/category/dates/ for full details).

Memo was born and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. Fascinated by the hacker demo-scene of the 1980s, he started programming music & graphics demos at an early age on the 8-bit computers of the era. In 1997, after completing a BSc in Civil Engineering, he moved to London where he worked in the video games industry as an artist, designer and programmer. Leaving the video games industry in 2003 to pursue more emotional experiences, he now balances his time between personal work, collaborations, research and commissions.
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source: vigotransforma

Mehmet (alias Memo) Akten diseña y desarrolla herramientas de programación para explorar nuevas formas de interacción digital para crear experiencias inmersivas mediante instalaciones interactivas de gran formato. Memo es fundador de The Mega Super Awesome Visuals Company. Su trabajo se completa con visuales en vivo para música / danza / teatro, videos musicales, así como obras online y aplicaciones para móviles.Body paint es una instalación interactiva en la que los espectadores mediante sus movimientos manipulan capas de colores.