Cantanese, Paul

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

My work focuses on the creation and innovation of hybrid art forms. I view these forms as an extension of the space of theatre; not as a mere spectacle of emotions, but hybrids so far extended they have been separated from the original. These forms retain characteristics of theatre by exploring the notion of language as an incantation. In this way, my work functions as a conduit which spans physical and virtual spaces imbued with the intimacy of a Chinese scroll painting - the surface of which is a vast, electrified book powered by the semiotic nature of words, images and sounds.


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    2006 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Cantanese, Paul (2009-05-04T17:05:05Z)
    Remote Viewings (working title) is a site-specific interactive installation, currently in the initial phases of development. At the heart of this installation is a custom interaction device based physically and conceptually on that of a telescope - a familiar object that invites viewer interaction and which is metaphorically linked to the searching and collecting aspects of my art practice. Along with the remote viewing telescope, the installation space will contain many of the objects that I continuously collect as a regular part of my creative process.
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    2005 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Catanese, Paul (2007-01-04T16:16:33Z)
    The function of a telescope is to provide a method of viewing distant objects: in this project, I intend to modify a telescope such that it is capable of a different type of "remote viewing" - one that allows viewers to peer through to the memory, essence and alchemy of objects. This telescope will be the central interactive element within an environment of variable dimensions that will contain photographs, drawings and other images applied to the walls and ceiling of the installation space as well as protruding and floating objects. The "interactive telescope" will provide viewers with a method for exploring relationships between the virtual images within the telescope and physical objects within the environment.