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Fountain of Youth

Torre, Lienors, Taylor, Simeon, Bangay, Shaun and Baldwin, Alexander 2017, Fountain of Youth, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic..

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Title Fountain of Youth
Creator(s) Torre, LienorsORCID iD for Torre, Lienors orcid.org/0000-0002-3566-251X
Taylor, SimeonORCID iD for Taylor, Simeon orcid.org/0000-0002-1735-6770
Bangay, Shaun
Baldwin, Alexander
Year presented 2017
Year created 2017
Material type art original
Description of artwork Artwork
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Keyword(s) Digital aging
Live data visualisation
population expansion
cinema and screen technologies
Summary Fountain of Youth is structured as a large, framed, two way mirror with a monitor encased vertically behind it so that the animation occurring on the screen can be seen through ones own reflection. It hangs on the wall close to the ground. As spectators walk up to it they are able to view themselves but they also trigger and even interact with the animation through a kinnect hidden in the structure and aimed at them. Animation: A crowd of people progressively age as they peer out at the viewer. They are invisible until generated by live data representing population growth in the world. As the data calculates a person being born into the world so a particle of light is formed on a member of the crowd helping to define their form. It grows brighter until it is extinguished by the data calculating a death. The world population growth exceeds the number of deaths, so the image generated becomes encumbered with too much information, ultimately making it as meaningless as an empty image. The screen pixels, which were originally, uniformly black have now become uniformly golden where the figures are positioned. The animated image, now a silhouette, gradually fades so that the spectator perceives their own reflection before the process re-starts. Close to the mirror is a small screen with a counter displaying the live data of births and deaths in the world.
Notes Fountain of Youth directly engages with live data reflecting population growth in the world and represents it as an animated image viewed through the viewer’s own reflection.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 190203 Electronic Media Art
190202 Computer Gaming and Animation
190205 Interactive Media
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30105824

 
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