29 November 2011

Videorative portrait of Randall Okita

Sergio Albiac has been working the latest six months on this project called "Videorative portrait of Randall Okita", as he told me, this is one of the most complex works he has developed so far. A work that makes you think about a new way to understand what is a realistic portrait, using meanings and emotions instead of  brushes.

Sergio tells us more about this realistic, emotional and interactive painting way he has created;
"With this new work, I try to create a new type of portrait, one that goes beyond physical appearances, more "realistic" as it renders the founding blocks of the intimate world: memories, relationships and emotions. It is also a metaphor of the art of traditional painting, but expressed in contemporary media: generative video and interactive installation. It is an evolutive type of portrait that can be fed with more video memories by the person portrayed, increasing "likeness" as time goes by.  Also, it is a "data visualization" of the emotional life: the installation version of the work uses online access to Wikipedia to infer emotions tied to memories and displays new and "subconscious" interpretations of the person portrayed. It is "meaning visualization"". See more;

"What is a truly realistic portrait? This question inspired a project about going beyond physical appearances and attempting to render the interior world of a human being, through memories, emotions, relationships and personal story. All of it organized around a portrait painting metaphor: brushes loaded with meanings instead of paint would render a portrait using my "generative video painting" techniques." 

"Painting a Videorative portrait (a generative, narrative and interactive video portrait) starts with collecting personal videos of the person portrayed, tagged by him/her with relevant concepts and descriptions. Then, using a custom developed tool, the artist "paints with meanings" and generates a video portrait, subtitled with generative personal narratives. In the interactive installation version of the work, the viewer can "navigate" through the subject's mind, opening his/her video memories, accessing their thoughts and revealing hidden connections between the meanings, using online access to Wikipedia to infer related emotional states. These "data visualization" create new and unexpected interpretations of the portrait.

The subject portrayed can add more video memories, tags and descriptions to “increase the likeness” of the portrait over time, all his/her life, creating a never-ending collection of personal documentaries.

Videorative portraits are the result of my experiments to build a more “realistic” contemporary portrait of the physical and the psychological. A comment on the art of portrait painting. A visual metaphor of the memory, heavily distorted, chaotic, fragmented, obsessively replayed. A window to the subject's personal experience and intimate world. A picture of memories. A map of emotions."

Video sources by Randall Okita  
Music: "I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor" by Chris Zabriskie
Made with Processing, using GSVideo, generativedesign and controlP5 libraries.