Augmented Sculpture Series – Pablo Valbuena

Posted in MediaArt by tpdr on December 26, 2008

Pablo Valbuena studied to be an architect, but ended up in the gaming industrie and currently focusses on media art. He is interested in the combination of space and time, to be more specific about space in transformation.

He first started with a rather ‘simple’ construction (= the real layer) and added a projection (= the virtual layer) to add these two up to get an augmented reality.


Augmented Sculpture by Pablo Valbuena

Augmented Sculpture by Pablo Valbuena








As he gets outside into the public space, things get more exciting. I can’t say I am amazed by every piece he does but I really like the part of the projection he did on the city hall in The Hague (the Netherlands) when the stones of the building seem to be moving back and forward or even look like they are turning arround.

To understand what I am talking about you should just watch his movies on his website.


A Plaything for the Great Observers at Rest – Norimichi Hirakawa

Posted in MediaArt by tpdr on December 5, 2008

I first heard about this installation reading the CyberArts 2008 International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica book. Reading about it and watching it on the DVD included with the book, it semmed to be a great experience playing with it. Here is how the artist would outline it himself:

In this installation, audience can control viewpoint and switch between geocentric model and heliocentric model through the operation of the device, conceptual model of Sun and Earth. But the operation of a moving eye : this is a kind of privileged power that the unmoving observer, using only a paper and a pen, a telescope, and his own imagination, can be able to reach. The act of re-adjusting the core of the world is a truly dynamic and exciting experience, but only in the conceptional phase. This concept made me named this artwork “plaything”. (Norimichi Hirakawa)

For more information you should just visit this page on the installation. Or if you want to find out more about other projects of this artist visit the website.