As speculative practices accelerate urban transformation, the city adorns itself in images of what it is to become in the future. This future never fully attained leaves these images lingering and fading, dissolving into a ruptured matrix of urban decay and unfinished potential. Rather than reflecting on what architecture could be I reflect on what the future is becoming: faded imprints of spectacular promises.
Dissolving futures explores the future of architecture as it dissolves into the present. It documents the transformation of abandoned buildings and vacant lots, empty premises, into future promises. It presents the replacement of the architecture of the shared public space of the street with a spectacle of speculation as a veil of digitally rendered representation between the lived street-space and the abstract machinations of investment and real estate.
This is an ongoing project started more than ten years ago while photographing the advertising on hoardings and posters around building sites in Berlin. Over a thousand photos from over twenty cities and from four continents have been taken since. One hundred of these have been (so far) selected to be used. The project will take the form an installation with the images projected in a continuous dissolve sequence in the exhibition space.
The first presentation of this project will take place at the Architecture after the Future symposium at the Haus der Architektur, Graz, Austria, opening on June 23, 2017
All photos copyright Paul Landon
Maria Lantin has been invited to perform her Google Daydream VR application, I am Afraid, at the CVR Vancouver 2017 expo on May 6th and 7th. CVR is an expo featuring all that VR & AR has to offer. The expo floor is 3x bigger than last year and will feature demos, games to play, technology to try, entertaining experiences, and much more!
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Saturday, May 6- 10:00AM – 6:00PM & Sunday, May 7-10:00AM – 4:00PM
Anthony Head and Santiago Tavera have been invited to the Besides the Screen 2017 conference from March 31st to June 2nd at the Federal University of Espirito Santo, in Vitoria, Brazil. Besides the Screen is an international research network that aims to reconfigure the field of screen studies within art. This conference brings together artists and academics that explore digital art to frame growing trends in spatialized image art projects, addressing the new possibilities of digital technologies.
During the 7th Besides the Screen conference- Unfolding Images, VR, Volumetric Filmaking and Spatial Control; Anthony Head will be presenting his project, 3D House Visualisation, exploring real-time sensing in a home environment with University of Bristol. Santiago Tavera will present his research on translational and elastic spaces as digital and physical experiences of dislocation and disembodiment. Head and Tavera’s immersive media works, expand the cinematic experience into sensorial and interactive spaces that reframe physical sites, but through different approaches. Elastic Spaces: Projected Narratives of Being and Belonging will further develop by working together on a workshop Head and Tavera are organizing with collaborator and artist Laura Acosta for the International Symposium on Electronic Art and the International Images Festival in Manizales, Colombia in June 2017.
Sam Meech led a workshop on ISADORA on April 7, 2017 at the Elastic Spaces lab at Concordia University. During this full day workshop session participants were able to experiment with the software to create video mapping, as well as motion and sound sensor projects.
Participants learned the basic interface while also exploring the many possibilities this program has to offer.
Following the conference in Brazil, Anthony Head and Santiago Tavera, in collaboration with artist Laura Acosta, will further develop an outdoor video projection workshop, Projected Narratives of Being and Belonging, during the 23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and the XVI International Image Festival in Manizales, Colombia from June 11-18. The workshop will invite interdisciplinary artists to collaborate on an outdoor video projection to be displayed on the facade of a building in La Universidad de Caldas. To achieve this, participants will combine fictional and personal narratives of belonging or displacement along with video experimentation. ISEA is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events. It brings together scholars and artists to an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art. This year’s conference theme, Bio-creation and Peace, encourages participants to reflect on the contributions and alternatives that art, design and technology provide for social development, biodiversity and the establishment of peaceful relationships between diverse communities. The workshop Projected Narratives of Being and Belonging is about generating social collaboration between participants in order to work towards conflict resolutions between heritage surfaces and subjective narratives, past histories and illusions of the future, and finally, effects of war and visions of peace.
Maria Lantin was invited to present, I AM AFRAID, during the TEDxECUAD: Bringing the Gap conference on March 25, 2017 at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, in Vancouver, BC.
TEDxECUAD’s mission is to bring together a dynamic group of thinkers and doers in a provocative setting that builds new connections to lead to progress and collaboration, and take participants to a next level of thought and action. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection.
Granted her PhD in Computer Science by Simon Fraser University, Maria Lantin’s doctoral focus was biological visualization, particularly the development of plants at the cellular level. Her research led to the production of an extensive software project used by biologists to conduct virtual experiments with results published in Annals of Botany. Maria later served as assistant professor at TechBC, senior researcher at Mainframe Entertainment developing 3D-stereo projection software for IMAX screens, and research director at award winning IDELIX Software Inc., one of the few successful visualization companies. Lantin led Banff Centre’s Visualization Lab for 3 years and now directs Intersections Digital Studio where she helps create an inspiring and welcoming environment for interdisciplinary research at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She also continues her collaborative visualization practice in the domains of quantum information science, human conversation and virtual reality.
Santiago Tavera recently participated in the Intersection | Cross-section conference at Ryerson University and York University in Toronto, where he exhibited his work, Translational Spaces. He also gave a talk as part of an artist panel discussion titled, Identities Across Borders.
Isadora is a great user-friendly tool for quickly and easily bringing media into live performance and installation. It can be used for projection mapping, triggering sound and video, lighting, VJing, camera tracking, and much more. The best thing is, you don’t need to be a programmer to work with it.
This workshop will give you an introduction to the Isadora workshop, help you understand the interface and quickly have you building your own performative video tools, but most importantly, it will give you a chance to experiment and play!