Meet the Artists of Digital Graffiti 2016 – Katina Bitsicas & Max Hattler
Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing the finalists for Digital Graffiti 2016. Join us and learn about these incredible artists from all over the world. This week, we’ve got Q&As with Katina Bitsicas of Columbia, Missouri and Max Hattler of Hong Kong.

Artist: Katina Bitsicas
Current Residence: Columbia, MO
Piece: MMPI

Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions?  Where and how did location play into the work?
I have dealt with large projections before, and finding the proper space is always a large challenge.  I have created three channel works where the piece filled the entire room, and each channel was projected onto a separate larger than life panel, so the viewer could be completely surrounded by and immersed in the projection.  The piece that will be shown at Digital Graffiti has also been shown projected onto the floor of a gallery space from the ceiling, since it is a floor plan.  However, I am excited to see the work projected onto the side of a building, since there is quite a bit of negative space in the work.  This will allow some of the original architecture of the building it is projected on to show through, enabling the viewer to see both a structure and the various individuals that could inhabit the space.  I am also curating a selection of my student’s work for an outdoor projection project on the Public Media Commons in St. Louis, MO.

How much technology is required to create your work? If you didn’t have it, would you still be able to produce it?
Quite a bit of technology is required to create my work.  I filmed this project in a lighting studio using a DSLR and edited and composited the video together using Adobe Premiere and After Effects.  Without the aid of recording and editing technology, for me, it would be impossible to create this type of work.

Where do you see projected art headed?
I see projected art incorporating the new technologies of Virtual and Augmented Realities.  This would create more of an interactive experience for the viewer where they could use their smartphones or other portable digital technologies to see augmented parts that aren’t visible to the naked eye, that the user would control.  This would allow the viewer to make the experience unique to them.

What do you find most remarkable about projected art?
The most remarkable part about projected art is how light can cover or fill a space and make the viewer feel immersed in the artist’s imagination just due to the sheer scale and brilliance of the artwork.

Artist: Max Hattler
Current Residence: Hong Kong
Piece: A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time

Max Hattler

How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
My friend Robert Seidel told me about it. He’s shown his works and judged at Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, and had only good things to say.

How much technology is required to create your work? If you didn’t have it, would you still be able to produce it?
I work with all sorts of techniques from stop-motion to digital 2D and 3D animation. Often it’s the limitations of simple tools that push you to create interesting work. Too many possibilities can be limiting, strangely.

What sparked your interest in digital art and how long have you been creating it?
I got into digital moving image making through an interest in both sound and music, and visual art. I made my first film experiments around the turn of the millennium, but I’ve been seriously pursuing it since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005.