Body Paint (2009)
1ch HD projection, infrared camera, infrared emitter, custom software
Dimensions (variable): [3m x 2m] – [10m x 4m]
Body paint is a visual instrument allowing you to paint on a virtual canvas with your body, interpreting movement, gestures and dance into evolving compositions. It isn’t trying to be a painting application, but explores expressive ways of creating and performing images and color through capturing the motion and energy of the body. The piece is about the interaction experience. What matters is not the painting created at the end, but the sensation of playing it, reacting to your creation as it evolves. Analogous to a musical instrument, the motivation for playing a piano is not always to compose or record. Sometimes every note is just for the moment, a natural response coming from within, without any concern for the final output or recording. Similarly, when you stop moving, your painting slowly fades away, leaving only the memory of your interaction.
Our body is a vessel for emotional expression. We have a natural instinct to express ourselves through movement and dance. Body Paint exploits this and combines it with our subconscious desire to create – even more so, our desire to create something beautiful.
The work has been shown in many galleries, events and festivals around the world including the Decode exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK; Tate Britain; Holon Museum in Tel Aviv, and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia.
made with openFrameworks
During an exhibition at Le Cube Gallery in Paris, 2010, two complete strangers - members of the public - broke into an impromptu, improvised dance performance with the installation. First independently, then they came together. There was no music playing in the space. I managed to capture the last few minutes as a sequence of photographs. Mind blowing and truly humbling. Thank you. My work here is done.
Live performance in 2009 with Simone 'Maleficent' Martini
Open studio day, London, UK, 2009
Experimenting with 'holographic' musion screens