Simulacra, a Video Installation Revealed Through Magnifying Glasses

It’s easy to forget that all video is illusion, a matter of perspective. In 2013’s Simulacra, Germany-based artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski, images seem to merge directly from light in the eyes of the viewer, pulled from space into being by magnifying glasses suspended from the ceiling. Even an element as basic as focus, then, is game for artistic manipulation. Her materials are basic – think monitors and a splitter. But in this as in her other works, physical materiality is a common theme, playing with mapping and light, but also toying with space and objects. It’s interesting in this case that …


Syntact is a Futuristic Gesture Interface That’s Tactile – Without Touch

Here’s how interfaces normally break down. You’ve got your conventional, tactile interfaces, like a knob. You’ve got your touch interfaces, which lack tactile feedback (you touch them, but they don’t push back). You’ve got your gestural interfaces, which have you waving your hands in the air without touching anything and without any tactile feedback. (They’re generally the most challenging, because your brain has no feedback for what it’s doing.) Syntact creates an entirely new category. It’s a gestural interface, of the “waving your hands around in the air” sort. But while your hand is in mid-air and isn’t touching anything, …


Straight Outta Slovenia: PIXXELPOINT Documentary Video on Digital Media Fest

PIXXELPOINT 2011 from aljoša abrahamsberg on Vimeo. Via Aljoša Abrahamsberg, an extended, 30-minute documentary of the PIXXELPOINT media festival reaches us, covering the happenings of this international digital media festival out of Nova Gorica, Slovenia last month. Not all in English, but more than enough English and images to look at. I also love their theme, fitting for the beginning of the year 2012: “let’s get ready.” Indeed.