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May272011

Art Project: Important People

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I really tried making a go of being an artist multiple times last decade. I'd quit my job, give it a go and try and make it work until I ran out of money. That didn't work and I got ended up making tutorial videos and now I have a company making 3D printers. All good and I get to be creative in my daily life, but not very arty.

Getting to work on 7 on 7 with Rhyzome at the New Museum made the artist inside me very happy! This is what Forbes said about the project that Zach Lieberman and I worked on. Sweet!

The most finished and pure-arty of the projects was “Important People,” by Zach Lieberman and Bre Pettis. They took a Kinect camera to the East Village’s Tompkins Park and recruited volunteers to be filmed listing off the most important people in their lives. The Kinect camera allowed them to build a digital topographic map of each person’s face, which they then fed into a 3-D printer. They then played the films back projected onto the miniature 3-D faces to dramatic effect. I particularly liked about this that they captured the emotions that play across a person’s face as they think about the most important people in their lives, and the way that the speakers were transformed into important people, with casts of their faces created. It speaks to the way technology has the power to make us so easily into celebrities, as the access and cost of publicity has fallen so dramatically in the digital age.The most finished and pure-arty of the projects was “Important People,” by Zach Lieberman and Bre Pettis. They took a Kinect camera to the East Village’s Tompkins Park and recruited volunteers to be filmed listing off the most important people in their lives. The Kinect camera allowed them to build a digital topographic map of each person’s face, which they then fed into a 3-D printer. They then played the films back projected onto the miniature 3-D faces to dramatic effect. I particularly liked about this that they captured the emotions that play across a person’s face as they think about the most important people in their lives, and the way that the speakers were transformed into important people, with casts of their faces created. It speaks to the way technology has the power to make us so easily into celebrities, as the access and cost of publicity has fallen so dramatically in the digital age.