Work Flow Proposal

SCI-Arc Summer 2016
Instructor: Peter Testa
Students: Gurhan Pekuz, Matias Lopez Llovet, Emre Turan

     Process begins with a selection of objects, based on character traits like texture, reflectivity, and patterning. All objects are photographed in groups or individually at multiple angles and using multiple lighting conditions. By working in the robot lab, we are able to insure that an exactly identical set up of toys is photographed from multiple directions and under a variety of conditions.
     Grasshopper scripts are created to further control the exact repetition of the robot’s movements and thus creating images from the same angles every time. To create difference in the groups of photographs, changes in shutter speeds, lighting, and camera lens are introduced. These are all to investigate the differences in robot and human eyes in an analogue setting; that is, to show how the initial reception of data can differ.
     The resulting images are edited and combined to create new forms from intentional misreads and exaggerations of the data from the original images. Some images will be overexposed and edited to reduce the amount of visual data to leave only a hint at some kind of object. Other new compositions will find new ways to layer multiple images of the same object, from different lens, positions, and light sources, together, to create a detailed misread of the object, obscured only through different readings of the same object.
     One major path is as follows: Plastic toys are arranged together in a vignette, these toys are all small, detailed, and matte. The collections of toys are photographed using high key lighting, highlighting the details around the edges and losing details in the front. The exposure rate will be set low enough that there is a small amount of motion blurring.
     These images will be processed to increase their exposure and contrast, creating detailed halos of the toys where the key lighting hits them, and nothing but void or an implied mass within the halo. The editing of the exposure will also draw attention to any motion blurring, which will become part of the new apparent form, even as the details of the bodies are lost within the halo.
     These outlines of groups of toys can also me manipulated into new forms – as the distinguishing lines between objects is obscured, the forms can be freely recomposed to create new forms.
     A different path follows a different set of manipulations: Stuffed animal toys, chosen from a like set, are selected for their variation in fur and reflective qualities, creating a set of animals that are a recognizable family but all with a variety of materials composing them. These animals are photographed in a variety of settings of light, lenses, and shutter speeds, both individually and arranged as a group.
     These images are processed first by removing the objects from their original settings, then processing them, either together or separately, to exaggerate the effects of light on them, and then layering them together in a new composition to create new forms, defined and discovered through new readings found in them modified coloration of the objects when processed and layered together.