Marco Pinter
Reflections and Object Permanence
January 12 – February 4, 2012
Opening Event: Thursday, January 12, 6-8pm

Special Performance:
Gravitational Forces and other new work 
Thursday, February 2, 7pm 

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Marco Pinter explores the fusion of physical movement with visualizations in the virtual world. He finds inspiration in dance and sculpture, but also in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and mathematics.  His work frequently has two manifestations: one in performance; and the second as an installation, where the public can interactively experience the piece.  This process becomes cyclical, wherein Pinter can observe participants creating new ways of interacting with the installation, which can later be integrated into the evolving piece. 

Reflections investigates loneliness, mortality, and existence within a frenetic world. The participant sees his or her shadow cast by an imagined setting sun and projected onto the image of a field. As the sun descends, the shadow becomes longer and more surreal, creating a Giacometti-like reflection of oneself. Trees and bushes blow as other shadow figures pass behind the participant at a rapid rate. The participant’s shadow moves slowly in comparison, like a time-lapse video of a tree growing, creating an experience of floating through one’s ephemeral existence on Earth.

The Object Permanence series explores our perception of the existence of objects over time, which is fundamental to how we experience the world and our place in it.  By exploiting the perceptual effect of object permanence through the use of graphics, computers and robotically-controlled sculpture, the viewer perceives objects over time which do not in fact exist.  The “virtual” objects in the works behave as physical objects, thus impacting the gallery’s and viewer’s corporeal space.  The work cycles between states of chaos and order, where the component sculptural systems are alternatively perturbed and at peace.   Object Permanence II is a collaboration with artist Nick Loewen.

This work is funded in part by the Media Arts & Technology program of the University of California, and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Gravitational Forces (Performance)
Gravitational Forces explores technology as a medium for artistic expression by using dance and video to create a multi-sensory experience. This performance represents the emotions and struggles we face as humans through a fusion of dance, video, and generated sound. Dancers Anaya Cullen, Kaita Lepore, and Steven Jasso pull from the audience’s “kinesthetic sympathy” with the aid of Pinter’s direction and technological additions. 

Close Proximity
Created by Marco Pinter and Ava Ansari.
Performed by Ava Ansari and Marco Pinter.
In this piece, the audience intimately shares the visual and tactile sensations of the performer to create an experience which is sensual, disturbing and at times darkly comedic. The dancer begins by exploring herself, and this process is intimately shared with the audience. She has two live cameras, the first of which is her "third eye", positioned on her forehead, and the second of which is her "hand eye", held in her right hand. The live feed from these two cameras is mixed and projected behind the stage at discomforting magnification. She studies her features and her skin, at times scratching herself and watching the line on her skin turn white and fade back to flesh color; all this magnified and projected at 15 feet across to the audience. The live dissolve between the two camera feeds creates a cubist perceptual effect of seeing the face or body part simultaneously from two angles. Finishing her self exploration, she becomes aware of the male "victim" sitting across the stage. She approaches him, explores him, probes him, scratches him. The process becomes increasingly absurd and disturbing as she switches from her fingernails to a hairpin to finally the blade of a scissors, tracing his open eye, while casually humming along to the soundtrack of The Girl from Ipanema. Finally she transfers her eyes to him and walks off stage, leaving the audience to follow her movement, through his perspective, as she fades into the darkness.

Marco Pinter creates artwork and performances which fuse physical kinetic form with live visualizations.  He has degrees from Cornell University and University of California, and has served on the faculty of Bucknell University.  He is a 2011 recipient of the Visual, Performing, Media Arts Award of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.  His interactive installation work can currently be seen at the California Nanotechnology Institute.  His most recent performance work, Gravitational Forces, was commissioned by the NEA-funded Contemporary Arts Forum of Santa Barbara.  Pinter is a contributing author to The McGraw Hill Multimedia Handbook and The Ultimate Multimedia Handbook. He has 7 issued patents and 23 pending patents, in the areas of live video technology, robotics, interactivity and telepresence.