On Synchronics: Song of the Avatars, 2013
Animation (color, sound)
Dimensions variable, landscape orientation
Installation view at the Daegue Media Art Factory, Daegue, Korea
In both Hart’s prototype animation and the longer collaborative exquisite cadaver work that resulted, a virtual character attempts to break through the computer screen. It is inspired by an historic work from the Italian Renaissance, Michelangelo’s marble Slaves – unfinished sculptures portraying an agonized figure emerging from the confines of the “hacked” marble material. Like the Michelangelo figures, On Synchronics avatars struggle to preserve their autonomy and in so doing, discover their humanity in a crudely commercial contemporary world that is all too often alienating, media saturated and unnervingly technological.
To do this, On Synchronics: Song of the Avatars brings together different ideas about individual identity -expressed by animation, video and live performance — into a patchwork quilt created by 24 distinct artistic voices. Each artist’s interpretation mutates fluidly, one to the next, across a continuous movement sequence. Many individual characters therefore merge into a single global body, performing one unified, poetic choreography in which a digital avatar heroically wrestles to escape the safety of the systematic into the unpredictable flow of the real.
music by Peter Kusek
with sound design by Mikey McParlane and Claudia Hart
image from segment by Wesley Wilson and Nancy Chen