SHIFTING SKIN will be at THEORIZING THE WEB 25-26 APRIL 2014 NYC
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Shifting Skin is a series of artworks featuring 3D augmented reality over gorgeous photographic prints of human skin marked by tattoos. The work has generated considerable international attention, stemming from a retweet by cyberpunk author William Gibson and a report by Mashable.com that appeared in the Huffington Post. The Netherlands based AR Lab published a reflection on the work in AR[t]4. Shifting Skin was part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival visual arts program and featured on ABC TV news.
Bennett has crafted an elegant statement on the collapsing boundaries between material and virtual via the connecting metaphor of skin. Bennett's uncannily flattened images of human surface were captured using a re-purposed flatbed scanner held directly against the subject's body. When viewed through an app on a mobile screen, a 3D topography appears to project out of the print, a landscape of peaks and valleys describing the tonal scale within the surface of the subject, the terrain of scars, tattoos, skin tone and texture.
This direct interplay between the physical print and virtual object creates a tangible dynamic to be physically explored by the viewer. Furthermore, although augmented reality is an internet application, the experience is locative and embodied. The viewer must be physically in front of the trigger image and move in an arc before the print to trace the contours of the 3D virtual object. The implications of the work can only be fully experienced with the direct engagement of the viewer.
Shifting Skin was originally exhibited at Deakin University Art Gallery in 2013, where Bennett is a creative practice PhD researcher based at the Deakin Motion.Lab.
demonstration of augmented overlay:
For example, Mashable video below: