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Where Do Shapes Come From?

Wood, Aylish (2019) Where Do Shapes Come From? In: Harris, Miriam and Husbands, Lilly and Taberham, Paul, eds. Experimental Animation: from analogue to digital. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 978-1-138-70296-7. E-ISBN 978-1-138-70298-1. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:67447)

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In this essay, I take abstraction, a familiar term from discussions of experimental animation, and expand it via design theorist Johanna Drucker’s idea of performative digital materiality. In this way I explore digital images through their associations and connections with people, processes and cultural domains. First, I connect abstraction in animation to its usage in computer science, and then establish a link to performative digital materiality. Based on these connections, I draw comparisons between Where Shapes Come From (Semiconductor, 2016) and Category 4 Hurricane Matthew on October 2, 2016 (2017), a visualisation of Hurricane Matthew created by the Godard Science Visualization Studio. Both Where Shapes Come From and Category 4 Hurricane Matthew use data to drive the motion of their CG elements. Consequently, while concerned with events in physical environments, they rely on algorithms to facilitate motion and so have a digital materiality too. Though sharing a similar technique, their associations and connections each reveal different performative digital materialities. The algorithm facilitating motion in Category 4 Hurricane Matthew’s is linked to consensus building, whereas that used for Where Shapes Come From maintains the interrogative gap essential to the experimental animation’s engagement with scientific discourse.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: animation, digital materiality, semiconductor, computer-generated animation
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Aylish Wood
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2018 08:56 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 12:56 UTC
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