Leading up to the festival, we’re highlighting the participants in Digital Graffiti 2018. Join us and learn about these incredible artists from all over the world and what informs their artwork. This week, we’ve got Q&As with Katina Bitsicas from Columbia, MO, and Vinay Khare from Pondicherry, India.

Artist: Katina Bitsicas
Location: Columbia, MO
Project title: “Wavelength”
Website: http://www.katinabitsicas.com

 

 
How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
I participated in DG in 2016 with my piece “MMPI” and found out about it through a posting about the open call.

Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions? Where and how did location play into your work?
Yes, recently I participated in Art in Odd Places: Noise in Orlando, FL, where I projected onto the Kress Building, which is a former nickel-and-dime store and is now a butcher shop and restaurant. I projected my piece “La Petite Eat,” which includes a ballerina dancing among various cuts of meat and talks about consumerism. Also, Things Feel Heavy: You Are Here at The Carr Center in Detroit, MI, where I projected my piece “Eidetic” onto the brick walls of the destroyed theater. My piece discusses the immigration and loss of my grandfather from Detroit. I also projected my piece “Melancholia” on the abandoned Kirbride State Hospital in Fergus Falls, MN, where the work discussed the floorplan of the building itself, as well as mental illness.

How much technology is required to create your work?
My DSLR and stabilizers, as well as the Adobe creative suite (Premiere and After Effects).

What else can you tell us about your work, for example use of color (or lack of), rhythm or texture?
This work responds to the color ultra violet by thinking about what is out there beyond us humans and is bigger than us. Our oceans are much like the night sky, which is this largely unexplored void. Visually I use digital tools to shift the color of the ocean to an exact match of the ultra violet color. There is a gradient to the image, with the white peaks of the waves and white sunrays piercing through the ultra violet waters. A rhythm is created with the monotony of the waves, a seemingly endless loop.

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.

How do you see expanding your use of projection for your art?
I would like to continue to make works that respond to the architecture that the video is being projected onto. I would like to explore the use of the Kirkbride buildings ever further, as well as projecting nature back into nature, such as projecting the wavelength piece back into the water.

Artist: Vinay Khare
Location: Pondicherry, India
Project title: “Chaos in String Theory”


How did you find out about Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach?
I found out about Digital Graffiti on the TouchDesigner Help Group on Facebook.

Have you participated in other projected art exhibitions?
No, this would be my first projected art exhibition.

How much technology is required to create your work? 
My work spans across various media, usually involving human interaction and requiring a range of technological tools. My laptop is at the core, taking inputs from electronic sensors (Ultrasonic, LDRs, Potentiometers, Accelerometer) and devices (Kinect, Leap Motion, MIDI, Smart Phones) and translating them into outputs in the form of visuals (Projectors, LEDs, Digital and Analog Lights) sound (Mixers, Speakers), and kinetic art (Motors, Actuators). Large-scale projects sometimes necessitate interconnectivity facilitated by WiFi and Bluetooth.

 What else can you tell us about your work, for example use of color (or lack of), rhythm or texture?
Mesmerized by the impact of experiential art, I look to find ways to stimulate multiple sense through immersive performances and installations, while exploring the integration of the technology and art in divergent directions and converging media with light, sound, people, and the ways of their interaction.

 What do you find most remarkable about projected art?
Its capacity to transform any given space into a canvas that can be brought to life creatively and dynamically. The scale of projected art absorbs the audience in and enables them to experience and interact in a more engaging way. It also allows for more complex intricacies to be perceived.

How do you see expanding your use of projection for your art?
By applying it to theatre, to enhance or maybe even replace stage lighting.