Feature Articles

January 2011

CAM Raleigh in Raleigh, NC, Features Visitor Dependent Art

CAM Raleigh in Raleigh, NC, will present the exhibit, Born Digital, on view from Jan. 28 through Apr. 30, 2012.

Showcasing a growing body of contemporary art that is visitor dependent without the use of specific interfaces like keyboards or touch screens - aspects of this exhibition are movement-driven art empowers visitors to exercise their creativity and act on their curiosity. Born Digital features the work of international pioneers of digital and new media artists and thinkers.

Imaginatively diverse in both form and function, each of the installations in the 8,000-square-foot exhibition space is designed to constructively respond to the physical presence of visitors. Technologies that respond to our actions are already so commonplace that we barely notice them - doors that automatically open, elevators that arrive with the press of a button. The immersive environments of Born Digital bring to the foreground these background systems, and repurpose them. They replace convenience with power, allowing visitors to control their surroundings and become reacquainted with their immediate environment, themselves, and each other.

One example of this new art is Sniff, 2009, by Karolina Sobecka. Sniff is an interactive projection in a public window. As the viewer walks by, his movements and gestures are tracked by a computer vision system. A CG dog follows the viewer and dynamically responds to his gestures. The dog forms a relationship with each viewer based on the history of their interactions and changes his mood based on how he’s been treated.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the center at 919/513-0946 or visit (http://camraleigh.org/).

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