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.
Performance at Shetland Arts @ Bonhoga Gallery: Keith Morrison.
Dancers: Sue Hawksley & Freya Jeffs.
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.
Ravetto-Biagioli, K. (2019) Digital Uncanny. Oxford University Press: New York, NY.
- a book by Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli in which she discusses Blowup.