installation: body paint interactive by memo akten


  • Friday 08 10:00 - 07:00

    Digilogue Space

Body Paint is a visual instrument allowing you to paint on a virtual canvas with your body, interpreting movement, gestures, and dance into evolving compositions. It isn’t trying to be a painting application but explores expressive ways of creating and performing images and color through capturing the motion and energy of the body. The piece is about the interaction experience. What matters is not the painting created at the end, but the sensation of playing it, reacting to your creation as it evolves. Analogous to a musical instrument, the motivation for playing the piano is not always to compose or record. Sometimes every note is just for the moment, a natural response coming from within, without any concern for the final output or recording. Similarly, when you stop moving, your painting slowly fades away, leaving only the memory of your interaction.
Our body is a vessel for emotional expression. We have a natural instinct to express ourselves through movement and dance. Body Paint exploits this and combines it with our subconscious desire to create – even more so, our desire to create something beautiful.
The work has been shown in many galleries, events and festivals around the world including the Decode exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London UK; Tate Britain; Holon Museum in Tel Aviv, and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia.

Artist, researcher, and Philomath working with computation as a medium, inspired by the intersections of science and spirituality; and collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition, and religion. Doing Ph.D. at Goldsmiths UoL in artificial intelligence/machine learning and expressive human-machine interaction, to enable collaborative creativity between humans and machines.