My Project – MONA LISA

We had to introduce our ideas about the next individual project.

The audience has chosen my “Mona Lisa” project, Humour and simplicity won the challenge.

Simplicity, The art of complexity


 MONA LISA- You’ve been watched


 mONA LISA- Pfffuuuu!


I do like the thought of having this very serious Madam reacting un-promptly to the visitor. 


How to realise this little attraction?

·     Should I use a Web-cam with Isadora or even quartz Composer? 

·     Or Should I use the combination of a sensor + Microcontroller + a processing software to handle the images?

·    Which Sensor? Ultrasound, IR or even step sensor?

·    Which microcontroller? Arduino, Phiget?

·    Which software? Quartz Composer, Flash?


It does fell like a Chinese puzzle…



Erwin Redl

Of course I cannot omit to mention this artist Erwin Redl, especially with the Matrix Series. Each version consist of a different large-scale demonstration of the typical grid structure. The LED components used in those pieces became the idle medium to convert the lingo of virtual reality and 3-D computer modeling into an sensual architectural installations. The way his work has been presented, participating by simply being ‘present’ seems to be, or even is an integral part of the installations.


 “Matrix II”


 Matrix VII   


It looks like being inside a virtual world, but I am wondering what the viewer can feel or think at that precise moment. This would be quite interesting to know, unfortunately I could not found any information..




“Starlight” by James Clar.


In the same kind of vision I found this artefact “Starlight”.

This interactive lightning designer and installation artist merges technology and art to create new visual systems. In this particular piece some motors are attached to the each LED grids, causing the LED stars to wiggle and shake and generating a trails light effect.  The spectator is viewing a sky full of shooting stars. Well some nice light effects.

 “Starlight” by James Clar

ut this group of artist have a big range of artefacts using light such as 3D LED cube etc….. It is worthy to shake that site…for some ideas….

jim Campbell

San Francisco-based artist Jim Campbell is widely known to be one of the most extraordinary and important artists working with new media. His installations have pioneered new ways of showing images, from LED screens to touch-sensitive computers. He uses digital media in the service of profound humanism.

I just found a new piece from him of the Internet, this new work consists of a grid of 192 white LED’s that blink on and off in a pattern that creates a moving image. 192 Led (use as pixel) contain such a low resolution that in theory we should not be able to understand the images we see at all. However our brain is filling in the gaps of the missing information and produces meaning. Campbell is interested in how or why we understand the things we understand.

My project idea was quiet similar to that, with obviously a different meaning. I definitely like his work.

 “Reconstruction #4” by Jim Campbell

“Reconstruction #4”

More info and works of the artist on            \



How to define Fluxus? It is quite hard, because the Fluxus movement seemed to be non-committal and full of divergences. This was caused, I believe, on the one hand by the lack of logical coherence, and on the other by all participating artists using their own definitions.

This movement was famous to display critical attitude towards technology and tried to find alternative solutions to existing social and artistic situations, even so it was not considered a political organization. The inspiration was part Dadaist, part Bauhaus and partly Zen (simplicity of some pieces, objects and performances were characterized minimalist).

Now I found Ironic to discover, that lot of video art was made by artist from that that movement which was known anti-technology, and indeed decide to use TV as a Medium, which at that time was a big new thing.

 “Disappearing Music for Face”




“Disappearing Music for Face”by Mieko Shiomi.

When I had this idea of using the Led Matrix as a display, it is exactly the kind of film strip Simplicity, minimalism, with an incredible power.



“New Media in Art” Michael Rush

edition  Thames & Hudson 



 The fountain by Duchamp

 During the lesson we have been ask to think about concept. Duchamp has open the door to conceptual art, using already made item in art and selling the idea as art. These ideas are particular to the Dada movement. I believe we could say that his most influential and controversial piece is the “Fountain”, which has been bought by the Tate at an amazing price of £621600.00. I am sure that if there is a life after death, Duchamp is having a good laugh at it…


 Now a day Art has been heavily influenced by Dada and Fluxus movements, using representation of personal usage of new media to conceive new idea. There are no more boundaries; I feel we can say: “all art is experimental”

The Artist is free to express any thoughts, ideas, concept through whatever means possible. Concept can relate to personal, emotional state (following the path of Freud or else). It can be associated as well, to history of art, politics…anything really…even jokes…

or anti-art statement.

But in my case, I always think visually, and I found it sometimes difficult to think of a deep concept. I mainly create in my sleep, and wake up with a visual or musical piece.


“Art is the record of event of what happen”

Today I heard this sentence, It is so evident, that I do not feel the need to argue, or explain.