This digital video piece explores a variety of avenues for media expressivity, all using different but intertwining forms of story, meaning, form and cyclic narrative patterns. An original dance narrative captured on video is transformed from the photographic to the graphic. The now graphic moving image is then transformed into a series of distinct artistic styles. The story of the transformed dance is layered with the words. Hence the work, as a singular short video story, explores narrative as an intertwining series of visual and stylistic metamorphoses, tracing meaning across media form and style.
Steve DiPaola, active as an artist and a scientist is director of the Cognitive Science Program at Simon Fraser University, and leads the iVizLab (ivizlab.sfu.ca), a research lab that strives to make computational systems bend more to the human experience by incorporating biological, cognitive and behavior knowledge models. The lab creates computation models of very human ideals such as expression, emotion, behavior and creativity typically for the gaming, sciences, arts, and health fields. He is most known for his AI based computational creativity (darwinsgaze.com) and 3D facial expression systems. He came to SFU from Stanford University and before that NYIT Computer Graphics Lab, an early pioneering lab in high-end graphics techniques. His computer-based art has been exhibited internationally including the AIR and Tibor de Nagy galleries in NYC, Tenderpixel Gallery in London and Cambridge University’s Kings Art Centre. The work has also been exhibited in major museums, including the Whitney Museum, the MIT Museum, and the Smithsonian.