Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák / Márton Fernezelyi
a [further] study on the genre of painting, 2010Augmented-Reality-Installation
Abstract paintings are displayed on the walls of the exhibition space, 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. While watching the handmade nonfigurative pictures through the screen of the interface, we observe solid three-dimensional virtual objects “floating” in front of the paintings. As the animated virtual objects are augmentations of live video images, they appear surprisingly realistic, and can be explored as freestanding reliefs. These animated virtual reliefs are modeled after figurative paintings from the historical collections of the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn.
A strong tension emerges between the physical reality of the abstract canvases and the corresponding virtual simulacrums: viewers are confronted with the substantial presence of nonfigurative paintings translated in terms of binary code, thus making perceptible the computer-generated figurative illusions. The invisible is rendered visible by using computer code. In their installation the artists open up a window into the virtual domain, the realm in which the work explores the relationship between a picture and its converted digital representation as a three dimensional object.
Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák and Márton Fernezelyi, a [further] study on the genre of painting | © Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák and Márton Fernezelyi