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Prix 1987 - 2007

ORF Oberösterreich

Steady State
Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design (1975) and an M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980). Since 1975, Rebecca Allen has been working with new technology, especially computer animation systems. As a part of the Architecture Machine Group at MIT (now knows as Media Lab), Rebecca participated in the production of the first interactive videodisc projects including the Aspen Movie Map and Personalized Movies. From 1980 through 1986, she was a Designer, Director and Researcher at the Computer Graphics Laboratory at NYIT.

Since 1975, 1 have been creating moving images with new technology, especially 3D computer animation systems. My work focuses on the study of natural movement and the role of human gestures and expression in the language of communication. I see the development of new technology as an extension of the human mind and body and comment on this relationship.

A "Steady State" is defined as a stable condition that does not change over time or in which change in one direction is continually balanced by change in another. Subtle patterns of synchronous body movements occur as people interact with each other. These body rhythms, called Interaction Rhythms, are essential in every human interaction.

As people move their bodies and extend their limbs, they trace invisible forms that surround their bodies, defining the space they occupy. When two people interact these spatial patterns intersect as well.

Visions of the future often predict the elimination of our physical selves or the replacement of various body parts with more dependable, "man-made" parts featuring enhanced bionic capabilities. The body is linked to our emotions. There is so much we have yet to understand, one hopes we won't shed our bodies too soon.

Technical Background

HW: Iris Silicon Graphics, Harry/Quantel Paintbox
SW: Wavefont, Harry/Quantel