Archive for the ‘Visual Art’ Category

On Friday the 26th of June 2015, a collaborative VR artwork between Vaughan O’Connor and myself was exhibited at the MCA. The 2 artworks, a holographic print and a Virtual Reality (VR) experience were both based on 3D scans of quartzite rocks from Oberon, NSW.

The artworks were on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) ARTBAR – Futures, curated by Dara Gill. Facebook event link here.

I created the VR component of the artwork based on the scans that Vaughan supplied.

Inspiration

Inspiration came from lyrics to a song by Covenant called Bullet.

“As the water grinds the stone,
we rise and fall.
As our ashes turn to dust,
we shine like stars.”

Idea

The idea behind the artwork is that it is a place outside of time. Here, concepts such as gravity, space and time do not behave as you would expect. Tempus Incognito. The events that occur here, in the event horizon, cannot affect an outside observer. The 4 classical elements, fire, air, water and earth are present in this place, reflecting the essential building blocks for all things. Even though we are outside of time, matter still exists albeit in a rather astonishing manner.

Technology

The Quartzite VR artwork was created using Unity (a game engine) and experienced via the Oculus Rift DK2 (a virtual reality headset). The ambient soundscape was composed in Ableton Live and is binaural.

Photos
MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 01MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 11MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 02MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 03MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 04MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 06MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 05MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 07MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 08MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 09MCA ARTBAR 'Futures' 10

Some photos by @mightandwonder

 

Observations

A few interesting things that happened on the night:

  • one of the computers decided to misbehave (no audio, no projector)
  • someone decided to walk about 2 metres away from the desk. The Oculus is plugged into a computer!
  • 2 people decided to look under the desk
  • a lot of people stood up to experience the artwork rather than sit down in the seats provided
  • People were amazed at the Oculus Rift
  • People found the experience soothing, calming and meditative.
  • Some people wanted to stay in side the artwork forever!
  • People asked a lot of questions about the technical aspects of the artwork
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Futures also featured performances, lectures and music by: Vaughan O’Connor & Ben X TanMichaela GleaveJosh Harle, 110%, Mark Brown, Eddie Sharp & Mark Pesce, Andrew Frost, Claire Finneran & Alex Kiers, Kate MacDonald, Sitting & Smiling, Baden Pailthorpe, Hubert Clarke Jr, Polish Club and Ryan Saez.

Rahrah Bazaar

Posted: December 2, 2013 in 3D, Visual Art

Made this guy today using 123D Creature on iPad. Ordered a 3D printed version of him too. Can’t wait to get it!

2013-12-02 Rahrah Bazaar

Cute Redhead

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Pen, Visual Art
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Black & White
Colour

Image

Inspiration from: http://store.goodfuckingdesignadvice.com/product/don-t-fucking-procrastinate-mug-don-t-fucking-procrastinate-mug

Download the Photoshop file here: benxtan – Don’t Fucking Procrastinate.psd

Which one’s your favourite?

Font downloaded from:

Background images downloaded from:

Cup Face

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Pen, Visual Art
Cup Face - 2011 - Sharpie on paper cup.

Cup Face – 2011 – Sharpie on paper cup.

Mushroom Cup

Posted: November 1, 2011 in Pen, Visual Art
Mushroom Cup - 2011 - Sharpie on paper cup

Mushroom Cup – 2011 – Sharpie on paper cup

(WIP = work in progress)

Copy of Elephantmen #6 cover (WIP) – Heres the reference http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=594821&gsub=73013

Heres something really quick I made at a Flashback 2011 (http://www.defame.com.au/flashback.php)

Pretty much learnt it there and then thanks to help from the Internet, and Mr. Johnny Jim Jams.

Managed to get first place in the wild compo with KMIDIC (http://pmidic.com) too!
http://www.defame.com.au/voting/

Digital Art – Where design and visual art meets programming

Having all this free time is great. I finally have a chance to explore and play with things that have been sitting in my todo list, collecting (digital) dust.

Today’s topic of interest is digital/generative art and my weapon of choice is Processing. Check out the links below for some truly beautiful works of art.

Artworks:

Tools:

After doing some research, I started playing around with Processing. I began messing around with the built-in examples and started a program that uses the mouse speed to draw circles (speed affects radius) and generate a sine wave (speed affects volume and frequency). I soon tired of this and began the task of getting Processing to talk to Ableton and my Novation Launchpad. The idea is that eventually, I can make an aesthetically pleasing visual display that is controlled by a combination of pre-programmed audio coming from Ableton, and a live performance from me using the Launchpad via MIDI, all working together as one synchronised unit.

Heres a screenshot of a work in progress:

What it does:

  • Launchpad buttons light up when you press them
  • Launchpad buttons light up when pre-programmed drum samples are triggered
  • Processing screen lights up exactly the same as what is on the Launchpad
  • Processing screen shows what the buttons are mapped to (currently hard-coded…but wouldn’t it be awesome if it was automatic?!)

Sounds pretty simple…but it was a bit of a challenge getting all the settings right! I still have some issues to iron out, and hopefully try and simplify the system more.

I’m very keen to check out Open Frameworks and Max for Live as well. Theres a 30% discount on Max for Live that ends in 4 days, and I’m very very tempted to buy it.

Ableton Live, Processing, Max for Live, Launchpad, iPad, Kinect, Open Frameworks…all wonderful tools to explore and play with. Somewhere in there is just the right combination of hardware and software that will allow me to create something awesome. Something that combines my love of music and programming…

Oh, heres one more link. Its a TED talk on research being done on improvisation (jazz and rap). It doesn’t really reveal much that is new, but its an entertaining talk and opens up some interesting questions. http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv.html

Digital Samurai

Digital Samurai

Heres a drawing I did today. Phase 1 of me creating things this Easter long weekend.

This drawing was done with a black Artline 200 and generic red ball point for the red in the eyes.

Photo was taken with my iPhone since I don’t have access to a scanner at the moment. Might scan it properly later.

I’ve also put it on facebook under the guise of ‘Eye Also Ink’ here.

UPDATE 1: Heres a short loop created in GarageBand in iPad to go with the drawing

(2011-04Apr-23) Digital Samurai.mp3

UPDATE 2: Heres a better quality image.

http://svenisnumb.deviantart.com/art/Digital-Samurai-205997270