Spherical Harmonics dwells on the ineluctably CGI-like qualities of even the most realistic CGI imagery.
It is a hermetically sealed fantasy, full of digitally created memories, counterfeit physics and controlled accidents. A place where reality fails because it's too perfect, and where spectacular CGI setpieces are replaced with more introverted and complex fantasies - fantasies of the digital-artist-as-god, lost in uncanny valley.
Farbeit from me to argue with the artist, but let's forget the Uncanny Valley. There's more to this than that. It's not about what the machine can't quite show. It's not even about what the machine sees; it's about what the machine makes you see.
Adam Harvey, creator of 2012’s CV Dazzle project to systematically confound facial recognition software with makeup and hairstyles, presented his latest dazzle iteration, Hyperface, at the Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg last month.
Brilliant Games Studios wanted to show off its new crowd rendering system, so they created 15,000 virtual characters — 11,000 penguins and 4,000 Santas — and loosed them on each other in an “epic battle” — “Units now navigate complex terrain, Bodies now pile up, movement and avoidance improved and smoothed.” (via JWZ)
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