Utterback, Camille

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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 builds on the tradition of installations that incorporate live imagery of viewers to alter their sense of space, time, power, and self. It also shares a lineage with work that explores the formal properties and infrastructure of the video medium itself. Significantly, however, my work extends the possibilities of both genres by involving computational tools. Because I write my own software, I can both extract and reinterpret information in the incoming video signal, and radically refigure the output possibilities for time-based imagery. While many artists work with available digital tools for editing and compositing moving imagery, I am interested in inventing new possibilities for the medium itself.


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    2008 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Utterback, Camille (2009-06-08T19:19:33Z)
    Raw Data - Personal Visceral Devices explores how contemporary technology can provide us with new relationships to our visceral experiences of pleasure and pain. Our primary contemporary mode of personal memory is photography, which creates visual, rather than visceral memories. Our photographically intoned memories are of how our bodies look, rather than how these bodies feel at a certain moment in time. While we remember the feeling of pleasure or pain, it is difficult to recall the physical sensations themselves. You can remember the feelings of intensity from great sex, but not the details of your muscle contractions. What would it mean to record pleasure or pain from the point of view of the body itself, not from a photographic lens outside the body? Is it possible to create personal devices that allow this internally generated temporal data to be stored, compared, and re-accessed at a later moment in time? Could such devices allow personal memory to meaningfully incorporate the visceral as well as the visual? My proposal, Raw Data - Personal Visceral Devices, explores how this might be possible.
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    2007 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Utterback, Camille (2009-03-31T16:42:49Z)
    Temporal Contraptions are hybrid interactive installations/objects that create multi-directional feedback loops between the physical world, computational systems, and past states of both. In these pieces, an artist-written computer program creates projected visual output in response to people's presence and movements. The output is projected onto sculpted, dimensional, and mobile surfaces. The surfaces can be manipulated by participants to change the state of the system, and in turn affect the response of the projections. Some contraptions can also move mechanically on their own in reaction to what is happening in the projections. The rules of each system are constructed so that visual and mechanical responses are based on moments that have occurred in the past as well as the present. By storing and responding to encoded information about past and current movement - of participants, projected information, and the physical projection surfaces - the state of each system represents intersections and extrapolations between different moments in time.