infovore + cg   5

CGI? They Just Do It With Computers, Don't They?
"Software is a spidery, ambiguous apparatus that reaches through society and culture at all levels to shape our behaviours, practices and beliefs. CGI itself is complex, expensive, time-consuming and difficult to master. The impenetrable CG image masks a complex reality of representational bias, human-computer collaboration, software politics, soft power tax incentives, 24/7 render farms, international trade deals, mineral extraction, gender imbalances, bankruptcy and wage fixing. It’s far more than nerds clicking buttons, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry whose influence continues to proliferate." This is fantastic stuff from Alan Warburton.
cg  graphics  computers  imagery  ethics  cgwtf  alanwarburton 
june 2016 by infovore
CGWTF: ED ATKINS AT THE SERPENTINE
"The lineage of luxury in art - from lapis lazuli, to bronze casting, gold plating or diamond encrusting -  extends now to graphics cards, ray-tracing, skin rendering, reflection mapping and to processor speeds, hyperthreading, render farms and the complex world of outsourcing, government subsidies or mineral extraction. It’s important and interesting! Curators take note!" This is good / the Ed Atkins also sounds good.
edatkins  alanwarburton  cgi  art  cg 
june 2014 by infovore
CGWTF: Simon Starling's Phantom Ride
"I was hoping that Simon Starling [would engage with CGI as a medium creatively]. But he didn't - he used it _invisibly_. CGI is always used invisibly. You're not supposed to see the seams. It's supposed to appear like it's not CGI in order to fool the eye and boggle the mind. Sadly (for me and probably no-one else) CGI was again denied the opportunity to do anything more than _facilitate_." I enjoyed Starling's piece, but this is astute and fair criticism. (I'm rather taken with Alan Warburton following his Spherical Harmonics at the Photographer's Gallery. All of CGWTF is very good.)
cgi  cg  animation  media  interrogation  art  alanwarburton  seamlessness  seams 
january 2014 by infovore
YouTube - Avatar Days - HD
"This is short film I worked on a while ago called "Avatar Days"... It follows 4 MMORPG players taking about their online persona's. As they tell their stories we see them go about their everyday lives against the mundane backdrop of city life...but as their Avatars." Lovely.
wow  mmo  shortfilm  interview  motiongraphics  cg 
june 2010 by infovore
Vol Libre, an amazing CG film from 1980
"The commercial worked on Lucas but a few years later, the computer graphics group at ILM was sold by Lucas to Steve Jobs for $5 million and became Pixar. Loren Carpenter is still at Pixar today; he's the company's Chief Scientist." Marvellous.
cg  animation  lucasfilm  fractals  rendering  3D  graphics 
july 2009 by infovore

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