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a [further] study on the genre of painting

Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák – Márton Fernezelyi

12/05/2011

Abstract paintings are displayed on the wall of the exhibition room, arranged similarly to shows of historical collections in traditional museums. A special custom-made mixed-reality interface hangs in front of the canvases, which acts as an intelligent video camera. By watching the handmade nonfigurative pictures through the screen of the interface, solid three-dimensional virtual objects can be observed, “floating” in front of the paintings. As the animated virtual objects are augmentations of the live video image, they appear surprisingly realistic, and can be explored as free-standing reliefs. These animated virtual reliefs are modeled after figurative, representational paintings from the historical collections of KUMU Art Museum Tallin.

There is a strong tension between the physical reality of the abstract canvases and the corresponding virtual simulacrums: viewers are confronted with the substantial presence of nonfigurative paintings picturing binary codes, thus making perceptible the computer-generated figurative illusions.

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