Quayola and Memo Akten have collaborated to create a multiscreen digital artwork for the exhibition In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement, which is part of the Cultural Olympiad programme. Taking the raw data collected from athletes in motion, they have created beautiful and complex moving abstractions that seem to capture the very essence of their power and grace. This generative animation and interactive installation will display at the Museum from 9 March – 2 September.
About the project:
Forms is a series of studies on human motion, and its reverberations through space and time. It is inspired by the works of Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton, Étienne-Jules Marey as well as similarly inspired modernist cubist works such as Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase No.2″. Rather than focusing on observable trajectories, it explores techniques of extrapolation to sculpt abstract forms, visualizing unseen relationships – power, balance, grace and conflict – between the body and its surroundings. The project investigates athletes; pushing their bodies to their extreme capabilities, their movements shaped by an evolutionary process targeting a winning performance. Traditionally a form of entertainment in todays society with an overpowering competitive edge, the disciplines are deconstructed and interrogated from an exclusively mechanical and aesthetic point of view; concentrating on the invisible forces generated by and influencing the movement. The source for the study is footage from the Commonwealth Games. The process of transformation from live footage to abstract forms is exposed as part of the interactive multi-screen artwork, to provide insight into the evolution of the specially crafted world in which the athletes were placed.
Since this is a project all about movement, it can’t really be fully appreciated until seen in motion:
Forms (Excerpt) from Nexus Productions on Vimeo.