Nue Morte, 2014
Hand-thrown paper porcelain dish with augmented reality activated pattern, tablet reader with custom case
13.5 in / 34.3 cm, diameter
8 x 4.75 x .5 in / 20.3 x 12.1 x 1.3 cm, tablet
Platters hand thrown by Kimi Kim
Edition of 12
Recently in a series of artisanal plateware, Hart has brought the conversation of technology to the dinner table, a site long equated with Feminist strategy. Here, the experience of a feast is disrupted by a virtual world, which can only be sustained computationally. Produced in hand-thrown porcelain, Nue Morte draws on the visual style and psychological subject matter of early Surrealist photography and film. It presents a naked sleeping odalisque that is viewable using custom augmented-reality software. As the plate’s inscribed decorative pattern is recognized with a tablet, a sleeping figure tosses and turns, apparently lying across one’s meal. Evoking early technologies of the peephole camera and the Zoetrope, Nue Morte renders a dreamlike subconscious space. The illusory female figure, as well as any food placed on the plate (when functional), is overrun by artificially intelligent insects, which crawl in endlessly mutating patterns. Double Narcissus, a related video and companion piece, frames the viewer’s gaze upon a male body that lies in bed with the plate, suggesting reproduction or cloning.
Download Nue Morte application for iPhone and iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nuemorte/id578843578?mt=8&uo=4
Download Nue Morte application for Android http://www.claudiahart.com/portfolio/nuemorte/NueMorte1_2.apk
To install on an Android phone you need to modify your Android’s settings to allow the installation of applications from other sources. Under “Settings,” select “Application Settings” and then enable “Unknown Sources.” Download via computer – not for wireless phone download.