Blowup is an interactive installation environment
for public interaction and choreographed performance. The movement of performers/viewers
is acquired and articulated in real time employing software custom written by
Simon Biggs with Josh Nimoy. The tracked movement data is used to manipulate,
fragment, distort and composite the live video material, which is projected
co-located with the performers/viewers, in accordance with aspects of their
movement. Stillness causes the images to blow up.
Blowup's title references Antonioni's film of the same name, and the work also
draws on the final scene of another of his films, Zabriskie Point.
Blowup was exhibited at Alt-w: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture - CCA Glasgow, 2008. Opening performance by Cat Casbon and Sue Hawksley.
Restaged and exhibited as a double-sreen projection - Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
Arts, 2011. Opening performance by Freya Jeffs and Sue Hawksley.
Ravetto-Biagioli, K. (2019) Digital Uncanny. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.
- a book by Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli in which she discusses Blowup.