Digital Images and Virtual Worlds
Russett, Robert
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/29/2009
Format: Paperback 250 color illus., 48 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-861-96654-7
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Hyperanimation offers a critical overview of a new and expanded form of animation that uses advanced digital technologies to create fresh and innovative works of art. Unlike academic texts or popular surveys, Hyperanimation is composed of interviews with the artists themselves—those creative individuals who are actually shaping this new direction and who, in their own words, provide detailed information about their works as well as insights into our contemporary technological culture. A readable collection of individual perspectives accompanied by historical backgrounds, biographical profiles, and lavish illustrations, this volume explores a broad spectrum of groundbreaking animation projects ranging from interactive installations and virtual environments to digital theater and telematic imaging. Included are interviews with pioneers in the field: Paul Kaiser, Karl Sims, Char Davies, Dan Sandin, Jeffrey Shaw, Rebecca Allen, Miroslaw Rogala, Roy Ascott, Paul Glabicki, and others whose seminal works have significantly transformed the art of animation.

Author Bio

Robert Russett is a media artist, educator, and writer whose animated films and installations have been exhibited internationally. He is a SLEMCO Endowed Professor of Art and Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents

1. The origins of an emerging art
2. Algorithmic fiction and formalism
3. Organic animation
4. Interactive and projection installations
5. Surrogate performance and digital theatre
6. Virtual environments
7. Telematic art
8. Future directions
9. Glossary of technical terms
10. Bibliography
11. Acknowledgements
12. Index