Shifting Skin 24 July - 31 August 2013 @ Deakin University Art Gallery
24 July - 31 August 2013
This body of work is an examination of surface and embodiment via
digital encounter. Working with representations of human skin captured
with a re-purposed flatbed scanner, Bennett has complicated the notion
of digital photographic surface with an overlay of augmented reality
that projects out of the physical print into virtual space. The image
has not been translated back into a limb or torso but wrapped around a
landscape of peaks and valleys describing the tonal scale within the
surface of the subject, the terrain of scars, tattoos, skin tone and
demonstration of augmented reality overlay:
The Shifting Skin work includes an augmented reality component that overlays the physical prints.
The augmented reality component may be accessed via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet via the Aurasma app. Note that you will need a Wifi signal to access the content.
On your mobile device, go to http://auras.ma/s/PqXXt and download the app. Alternatively, you can download Aurasma from itunes or googleplay.
Within the app interface, touch the Aurasma A icon to open the menu. Navigate to the search function (the magnifying glass icon) and search for the 'Shifting Skin' channel. If you 'follow' my channel, your device will be receptive to my content.
Return to the viewing window (the four corner brackets icon) and point your camera at the trigger image. You will see a swirling icon as the app downloads the 3D content.
You can now look around the 3D content by moving the screen across the surface of the 3d virtual object projecting out of the physical print. You will need to keep the trigger image within the view of the camera to hold onto the content.
Alison Bennett is a visual artist investigating the theme of 'negotiated inhabitation'.
Bennett holds a BA (visual arts) majoring in photography from the
UNSW College of Fine Arts and a research Master of Fine Arts from Monash
University. She is currently undertaking a PhD creative practice
research project on the topic of the shifting surface in digital
photography at Deakin University Motion Capture Lab.
Solo exhibitions include 'Shifting Skin: transforming fabric', a moving image projection work commissioned by http://www.whitestreetproject.org
with the support of Frankston Arts Centre and Arts Victoria in 2013; 'Cavity', also supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria, which toured to a number of regional galleries 2009-2010 and was discussed by Robert Nelson in The Age 22 July 2009; the 'to occupy' series exhibited at the Vivid National Photography Festival in Canberra August 2008, featured in the November 2008 issue of Indesign magazine and reviewed in issue 2.2 of Un magazine; 'Verticalism: gothic ceilings' reviewed in issue#24 of Artichoke magazine; 'In Ruins' exhibited at Platform2 featured on the cover of Arena magazine #78 and ANTIthesis journal #17; 'Woolsheds and Shearers' Quarters' reviewed by Philip Drew in Indesign #24; and 'Inside Hill End' reviewed by Charles Rice in Architecture Australia July 2004. Robert Nelson, reviewing 'Making Hay' in The Age 15 Nov 2006, compared her work to that of Walker Evans. She curated the group exhibition 'Frames of Reference' for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 2005 and has works in the collections of the National Museum of Australia, the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and the City of Geelong.
In addition to her visual arts practice, Alison teaches photography at Deakin University. She worked as a scene photographer documenting the Melbourne queer performance and party scene for several years and her editorial and fashion photography has been published in magazines such as Treadlie and Cherrie magazine.