a canvasUnBound

a canvasUnBound is a performance with an interactive system including 20 panels of 10-second recordings that fade in and out in relation to a body’s coordinates in space. In an attempt to re-contextualize the memory of embodiment in Virtual Reality, this visual projected archive was recorded from the 3D paintings in Tilt Brush created in the performance of Extending the Body and re-organized in Isadora to create an immersive interactive system inhabited through an improvisational score.

A film of a canvasUnBound filmed in the ACCAD Motion Lab by Katie O’laughlin, Technical support by Oded Huberman and Alex Oliszewski. Editing and performance by Tara Lee Burns

a canvasUnBound was also projected LIVE on the Drake Performing and Events Center by Alex Oliszewski and students in OSU’s Theater Department prior to the DigiEye Film Festival. The work was a balance between the light being dim enough outside to see projection, recording and transmitting a live-feed of the live-performance feet away from where the audience viewed the film. The live performance could be viewed by passers-by unbeknownst of the film festival.

All photos and video by Katie O’laughlin

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Tara Lee Burns working in ACCAD’s Motion Lab – Photo by Katie O’Laughlin
When performing with the system, I embodied the same phenomenological methodology I use in VR. I had a spatial score that unveiled over time when moving in the environment. The result was residual, like memory, but also the creation of a new environment based on the history of the artifacts, the archive in the space.
Close-up projection of purple paint in Tilt Brush VR – Photo by Katie O’laughlin
Triggering in the panels to disappear through an spatial score – – Photo by Katie O’laughlin
On the left side of the image, the panels have disappeared revealing a primarily white whole painting in Tilt Brush—one world reveals another – Photo by Katie O’laughlin
All but four panels have been triggered to disappear – Photo by Katie O’laughlin