Seminar on Aesthetics of Electronic Creations

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Seminar on Aesthetics

of Electronic Creations

Professor: Rejane Cantoni, PhD

electronic Brazilian artist


Tuesday

This seminar took place at the Jaime Hoyos
Auditorium of Javeriana University, on

Tuesday the 28
th
, Wednesday 29
th
, and Thursday
the 30
th

of March, in 2006.


As a teacher of the Aesthetics Department, I was
invited to introduce the seminar the first day to
other teachers and students coming, by

presenting a 20 minutes comment on the artist’s
work.

www.rejanecantoni.com



From right to left, appearing on the photo: professor Rejane Cantoni,

Julián Jaramillo, teacher and translator, and me, Ángela Hoyos.

I divided my 20 minutes speech on three parts
:


I.
From Opera to Op
-
era…

Historical background on theater stages and theater machinery

that I related to Cantoni’s artwork ‘Op
-
era’.


II. Virtual spaces, virtual beings, virtual life forms?

Virtual reality vs. physical ubiquitous computing

Comparison on two computing models: the virtual reality

one used by Cantoni, and the physical ubiquitous

computing

one proposed by Mark Weiser. Weiser was critical towards

the V.R concept of immersion, and its impact on human beings.

I presented my own research on the two models in the courses I work on,

‘Virtual Theater’ , and Digital
Lifelab.


III.
Interactive installations as ‘Transforming mirrors’

Cantoni’s installations seen through the concept of

‘Transforming mirrors’ stated by electronic artist David Rockeby






I.

From Opera to
Op
-
era




Richard Wagner, German Opera Composer

The
Gesamtkunstwerk concept:


Total Art Work


Music + theatre + visual arts


Immersive

theatre (1849)

Construction, de
-
construction,

and virtualization


of the scenic space

Classical types of theatre stages

Greek theatre

Proscenium Stage


Circular or roman stage


Laboratory Theatre
’ by

Jerzy Grotowski (1967)

Drawings by
architect

Jerzy Gurawski

Cantoni’s installation Op
-
era, 2003

Fourth dimension: Lorenz Attractor


fractal

dimension :
2.06


Multiple senses involved in the three dimensions

of Op
-
era installation

First dimension :

hearing sense interface

Second dimension:

Hearing + touch + sight senses involved


Multiple lines converging


Third dimension:
dislocated

geometrical figures in motion

II.

Virtual spaces, virtual beings,
virtual life forms?

Virtual reality vs. physical
computing



II.


V*i*d*a* Lab



L*i*f*e Lab

http://www.thepopshop.org/

Digital Course 7th Semester

Director: Alejandro Tamayo

Architecture and Design Faculty

Digital Course 7th Semester

Director: Alejandro Tamayo

Architecture and Design Faculty

¿What is Nature


telling us?


“Design of digital interfaces to

enhance our communication

with Nature”

Cf ‘Body
-
technology: questions on interfaces’

Article by Daniela Kutschat

III.

Interactive installations

As ‘Transforming mirrors’


Reflections

Reflections and refractions


Electronic


media

Electronic


media

Narcissistic mirror, “perfect”



Synchronic, closed mirror

Eco mirror, Transforming one



Asynchrony,

delayed reflections, distortions

related to the environment

Cf. David Rockeby ‘Transforming mirrors’



Op
-
era
is a dynamic interaction



_ live and perceptive communion_



between the attractor, and the
spect
-
actor