Claudia Hart
Machina, 2008
Quicktime video (color, silent), computer, 50 in / 127 cm screen, custom frame
20 min, loop
720 x 1280 px
Edition of 6

Machina is a 3D animation portraying the compressed time and space of painting, shows a dreaming character whose slow, drowsy movements articulate all of the minutia of a single moment. Machina uses the most advanced techniques of virtual reality simulation, and a series of animations that result in a representation that is sensual and organic. Occasionally, Machina opens her eyes to gaze at the viewer, in a moment of transformation, allowing the object of our gaze to subject us to hers. Based loosely on works such as Titian′s Venus and paintings by the Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens, Machina is meant to introduce sensuality into the virtual realm by employing an idea of beauty as defined by a woman.

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