IDFA — Non-Face
32nd edition of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
International Premiere — DocLab Domesticating Reality, IDFA DocLab Spotlight
A Night at the Planetarium #2 — ARTIS Planetarium
In digital models, objects sometimes appear that seem real, but that are
geometrically impossible and couldn’t physically exist. Either the faces
of the figures don’t fit together, or in reality their structures would
collapse under their own weight. They are a well-known phenomenon in
3-D animation, where they often appear at the edges of animated worlds.
In the Non-Face dome projection, these figures are detached
from the models in which they originally occurred to explore the digital
possibilities of what would generally be seen as “wrong” or “unreal.”
This work isn’t just about the virtual side of the objects. Sound artist
Robert Lippok and digital artist Lucas Gutierrez have translated the
impossible geometries into musical patterns that blend to produce
layered compositions. By surrounding the virtual objects with this sound
and digitally displaying the sound waves, the edges of the animated
objects and the strange forms they take are revealed.
This piece is part of the “The New Infinity” programme, co-produced with
Berliner Festspiele / Immersion and Planetarium Hamburg.