Bryan Cera​

Assistant Professor in Object Making and Emergent Technologies

Alberta University of the Arts

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Video Crystals utilize a proprietary fiberoptic square filament to transmit light from a screen to the surface of each sculpture.

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TITLE

Video Crystals

CATEGORIES

sculpture, video, creative coding

MEDIA

cast acrylic, proprietary fiberoptic filaments, iphones

DESCRIPTION

Video Crystals is a series of sculptures that display video color data on the surfaces of three-dimensional forms.  A unique fiberoptic system allows moving images to be mapped onto 3D forms without the need of a video projector.

 

Pictured here are the first three in the series: Amber's Crystal, Jesse's Crystal, and Craig's Crystal. This triptych was digitally fabricated from 3D scans of models' faces. The video that populates each sculpture's surface was captured using a custom-built 3D imaging rig. ​

 

The triptych incorporates, as its video an audio sources, cell phones previously owned by each model - and features spoken word taken directly from each phone's text-message history. ​

 

These Video Crystals are visualizations of digitally abstracted identities. As we gaze into the crystals - and they gaze back - we are asked to meditate on the relationship between technology and self.

These filaments are arranged into a grid, then laser cut or CNC milled from a 3D scanned model. 

Using a Kinect sensor, three-dimensional video (color and depth data) of each subject is captured as voxels (volumetric pixels). This data is used as a color block of each sculpture.

The voxels are manipulated and rearranged using an app developed in Processing 3. The resulting sequences are played back on a smart phone donated by the subject.

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