In the Line of Sight

09.01.09

In the Line of Sight

My good friend and UIC professor, Daniel Sauter will exhibit “In the Line of Sight” at the 2009 Ars Electronica Festival. I wish I could be there to experience this amazing piece in person. Congratulation Daniel!

In the Line of Sight is an artistic exploration of the aesthetic potential of extreme low-resolution video projections with a projection device that is integral part of the installation itself. It explores electronic images not as simulations of reality but as objects, anchored in and defined by the physical space.

A collaboration between Sauter and Fabian Winkler, In the Line of Sight is a light installation that uses 100 computer-controlled tactical flashlights to project low-resolution video footage of moving persons into the exhibition space. Each flashlight projects a light spot – similar to a pixel – on the wall. All flashlights combined create 10 x 10 pixel representations of the source footage.

Since 1987, the Prix Ars Electronica has served as an interdisciplinary platform for everyone who uses the computer as a universal medium for implementing and designing their creative projects at the interface of art, technology and society. The event calls for entries in eight categories, including a youth competition. And since internationally renowned artists from over 70 countries also participate in the Prix Ars Electronica, it has established itself as a barometer for trends in contemporary media art. With over 40.617 entries since 1987 and prize money in 2009 totalling 122,500 euros, the competition offers the largest cash purse for cyberarts worldwide. Each year, six Golden Nicas, twelve Awards of Distinction and approximately 70 Honorary Mentions as well as a grant for the category [the next idea] and the Media.Art.Research Award are presented to participants. Since media art is such a highly dynamic field, criteria for the categories have to be constantly modified and adjusted to societal and technological developments, and so updated to meet new demands.

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