Blowup

Interactive performance and installation artwork by visual artist Simon Biggs and choreographer Sue Hawksley. Software development - Josh Nimoy
R & D supported by a New Media Scotland Alt-w award and a choreographic residency at Dance Base, Edinburgh.

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Performance at Shetland Arts @ Bonhoga Gallery: Keith Morrison. Dancers: Sue Hawksley & Freya Jeffs.

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Performance at Alt-W: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture @ CCA: Mark Daniels. Dancers: Sue Hawksley & Cat Casbon.


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 August - September 2008. Opening performance by Cat Casbon and Sue Hawksley.
Restaged as a double-sreen projection for the Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Arts, October - November 2011. Opening performance by Freya Jeffs and Sue Hawksley.

VIDEO DOCUMENTATION

WRITING

Ravetto-Biagioli, K. (2019) Digital Uncanny. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.
- a book by Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli in which she discusses Blowup.


2019 Sue Hawksley