Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jeffrey Shaw

     He is considered one of the pioneers of interactive art. Beginning with the expanded cinema and performance works in the 60's, his multimedia projects in the 70's included Genesis stage shows and virtual reality precursors. In the 80's and 90's his work has focused on interactive computer based installations. For example, The Legible City (1989) and The Virtual Museum (1991). Since 1991, he has been the founding director at the (Karlsruhe-based media museum Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie) or ZKM/ Institution of Visual Art located in Karlsruhe, Germany. I feel that this is more of a modern abstract type of art in the computer and technological world.
      Additionally, this piece from Shaw does not remind of of technology but still has great structure. I am unsure / unaware of any virtual aspects but supposably they are there. In this work the viewer can see a three dimensional virtual environment that is visible by a persistant constellation of panoramic locations and events. Moreover, this has a unique take on the artist experience because it originates in the center of the screen, the physical arrangement of these texts in the virtual environment is determined by the path of the viewer movements while they are being processed. This has a depth to it that I'm sure would go over much of the audiences' head but a good outlook  is everything!

           ‘T-Visionarium’ (2003-08), by Neil Brown, Dennis Del Favero, Jeffrey Shaw and Peter Weibel

   *The picture above has all the aspects in which I think embody his art but that just my personal opinion, what do you think?

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