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Andrea Ackerman

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We are becoming synthetic beings living in a synthetic environment, inhabitants of zoos of out own making, Weeping Hemlock ( Images 1 and 2 detail)and Rose Breathing (Image 3 still frame 0000 and 5 detail) are landscapes which are intended to function as synthetic portable gardens. These landscapes have a complex beauty and a depth of information that is mysteriously satisfying. Digital technology is used to create a sensuous reality which plays with the boundary between the natural and the artificial.
Image 4, Woman Waking_Paper Dissolve, 3D computer animation with stereo soundtrack by Matthew Greenbaum output as DVD, 4.5 minutes, play on computer DVD player for computer monitor or LCD or DLP projector, dimensions variable, 2006.
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This boundary has been the subject of advances in chaos (complexity) theory and string theory. The shapes of space, time and development processes inherent in these theories have influenced these works. The images have been visually ‘genetically engineered’ and animated with cross species qualities.
Woman Waking 3D computer animation still  4928
Woman Waking 3D computer animation still 4928
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Yawn, 3D computer animation still frame 5206
Yawn, 3D computer animation still frame 5206
For example, Rose Breathing on full screen evokes ocean waves or streaming protoplasm, on a small screen it transforms into a tiny beating heart. In Weeping Hemlock the wall sized tree landscape transforms to underwater, intergalactic and subatomic landscapes. It is derived from video images of a weeping hemlock (a cultivated mutant form of hemlock) in a botanic garden. Although it is a 2D image, it retains its video history and is experienced as 3D and animated on the wall.

In "Yawn"(image 4) and "Woman Waking_Paper Dissolve" (image 6) the face of a natural looking yet obviously artificial woman expresses a series of subtle and ambiguous emotions which seem to grow out of her complex inner life, each transformation delicately deforming her seductively soft and supple monochrome gray skin.

All creative and technical work was done entirely by the artist using Alias/Wavefront's Maya (a 3D modeling animation program), Pixar's Renderman, DPS Reality/Velocity (video editing), Sound Forge (sound editing) and Adobe Photoshop.
Image Description : Images 1 and 2- Weeping Hemlock, 450 MB digital file, computer manipulated video images output as inkjet print on white plastic film, 126 X 282 in , 2000. (whole and detail.
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Image description contd - Images 3 and 5 - Rose Breathing, 3D computer animation with stereo soundtrack output as DVD, 34 second continuous loop, play on computer DVD player for computer monitor or LCD or DLP projector, dimensions variable, 2003. ( detail ) - Image 6 -Yawn, 3D computer animation with stereo soundtrack output as DVD, 32 second continuous loop, play on computer DVD player for computer monitor or LCD or DLP projector, dimensions variable, 2006.
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Web Links
andreaackerman.com
San Jose Museum of Art
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Jack the Pelican Presents
New Forms Festival
cinemaScope Scope Art Fair
X|ReDux: Best of X|FEST 2003
Cartoombria 2003
Video Set Design for Verge, a dance in Encounters
Fish Tank Gallery
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