THE LONG HISTORY OF MOVING IMAGES BECOMING ALIVE

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THE LONG HISTORY OF MOVING IMAGES BECOMING ALIVE

This was my keynote for the conference Real Time Visuals organized by Steve Gibson. It was a great event over two full days, filled with activities, lectures, performances, music and, of course, live visuals. Great people from all areas that converged for a two days series of exchanges and future projects. My keynote was a comparative analysis between historical ‘transdisciplinary’ architectonical practices and contemporary live visuals.

THE LONG HISTORY OF MOVING IMAGES BECOMING ALIVE: MATERIALITY AND IMMATERIALITY OF ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS, A COMPARISON BETWEEN ROMAN BAROQUE AND CONTEMPORARY LIVE VISUALS

ABSTRACT

The relationship between Andrea Pozzo (a Baroque artist) and contemporary live visuals may not be immediately apparent. Nevertheless, with his frescoes in the Church of Sant’ Ignazio in Rome, this Baroque painter, architect, stage designer, decorator and art theoretician provided an exemplary usage of images that are reductively called ‘illusionistic.’

Images, a light byproduct, are to be perceived not solely as ‘immaterial’ through the illusory tridimensional representation of traditional holograms and projected visuals on architectural elements but also as an actual material substance able to physically define and shape space – as in Pozzo’s frescoes.

The limitations to the contemporary usage of light as a material are a consequence of the complex physical properties of light as well as of restricted metaphysical, philosophical, aesthetic and scientific interpretations of live images, light and optics.

The unexplored possibilities of making the ‘immaterial’ light of contemporary projected live visuals a usable material needs to be analyzed in a new 21st century context, shedding old interpretations and assumptions.

KEYWORDS

Live visuals, architecture, Vitruvius, augmented reality, Andrea Pozzo, light, Baroque, Rococo

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About the Author:

Lanfranco Aceti is known for his social activism and extensive career as an artist, curator, and academic. He is a visiting professor and research affiliate at ACT @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professor and director of the Arts Administration Program at Boston University. He is the founder of The Studium: Lanfranco Aceti Inc., the founder and Director of OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology), and founder and Director of MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts).

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