Category Archives: Installation

Mood -the Hybrid Craft Artwork

Mood-Doom

Mixed Media Sculpture Albert Laine 2014

Mixed Media Sculpture
Albert Laine 2014

Mood” incorporates the knowledge of many different skills into a single artifact. It is a combination of traditional hand-crafts (sculpting, woodwork), digital 3D modeling and experimental electronics. The base of the sculpture was built from wood, and the characters were sculpted with a traditional build-up method, using polymer clay on top of a metal wire armature. Electronic devices such as FM radio and 1,8 inch screens were integrated, creating a functional whole where 3D printing and electronic media art complements each other. Additionally, software hacking had to be implemented in the form of injecting numerical values to software live memory area. Bringing all of the components together required diverse knowledge and skills, from aesthetic decision making to manual tool work and electronic skills.

The wrestler’s head-screens are playing the default run of the ID Software classic “Doom” -with the blood patch. The on-game audio is FM transmitted, thus enabling the use of a beefier sound system or FM headphones.

The aesthetic goal was to combine classical, idealized (Golden Section/Fibonacci) anatomic figurative sculpture and contemporary graffiti-influenced expressionistic visual language with the fast paced visual intensity of ID Software’s iconic game: “Doom”. The name “Mood” is derived by reversing the letters in “Doom”. The static, monochromatic sculptural shapes contrast with the moving, colorful CG graphics of the 90’s interactive entertainment media.

The 3D printed parts were modeled in Blender and printed with Ultimaker 2. The electronics were compiled from cheap off-the-shelf & e-waste devices.

The electronic parts used include:

SH86281AP/064PR (Logic IC)

AS6001SP8 (FM Modulator IC)

JBL Pro laptop speakers (built in to the base) for quiet surroundings

2x Howard Leight Bilsom Radio (EN352-1 certified) Multiple-Position Noise Blocking FM/AM ear muffs, for loud surroundings

The artwork is approximately 0.5m high, and requires 5V/2A electric power. Power adapters from 220V mains are included. A white hollow cubic pedestal should be incorporated in gallery floor installations, to elevate the artwork to a reasonable eyesight height and to hide the power cables.


Media Art UP!

I’ve been organizing an event with Markus Renvall. It’s Media Art UP!

A new type of an exhibition and an event for new media art.

MediaArtUpTransp

 

Here is the press release (PDF).

I coded the web page & made the graphics.

http://media-art-up.com/ (only in finnish, sorry!)

The venue of the event is the Cable Factory in Helsinki, Finland.

http://www.kaapelitehdas.fi/en/tapahtumat/2014/media-art

I made a few new pieces to exhibit there. The “Mood” was a very tough one  to conceive especially!

The disputing heads are screens, playing ID Software’s Doom game!

A brightly lit photo below. The exhibition lighting setup is more a favourable one.

Mood=Doom


Set in Concrete | Urban Screening | PARIS | FocusPocus-videoparadox

FocusPocus-videoparadox will be there...

Chic Art Fair Paris and PvonK Berlin have been working in collaboration to organize a URBAN SCREENING on an outside concrete wall, longing the River Seine in Paris.

The Screening “SET IN CONCRETE” will take place every evening during the Chic Art Fair: OCTOBER, 20th-24th 2011. Among the works shown, will be FocusPocus-videoparadox.

‘Set in Concrete’ will be hosted by Chic Art Fair Paris :
Thursday October, the 20th – Opening : Projection from 7pm to 9 pm (twice)
Friday/Saturday/Sunday October 21st to 23d : Projection from 7pm to 8 pm

More details about Set in Concrete will be published at the end of September at http://pvonk.com

For a complete list of participating artists have a look here.

BTW, it’s the first time my work has been exhibited with Damien Hirst, Banksy & Shepard Fairy (to name a few).


FocusPocus-videoparadox goes Cuba

Our installation is selected in the 4th International Festival of Video Art, Camagüey 2011, Cuba.

It seems to have an effect in many cultures. Maybe because (whilst doing it) I ended up dealing with the general questions of humanity that are common to us all, regarldess of culture and political country.

That who seeks, shall find…

Mess Of a Life..

Housemortage hidden influence-trap.


I’m in Art Takes London.

Check out my (small, but dense) portfolio:
http://www.arttakeslondon.com/albertlaine

Voting Is Good!

Sharing Is Caring!

I’ll be at Berlin during June 2nd to 5th with our installation FocusPocus-videoparadox, so feel free to grab my sleeve and share thoughts!
EMERGEANDSEE Festival 2011

Peace.


New artwork

CloudZ.

Seek, and thou shall find...

Clicking the image brings a bit larger view of the piece.

Doing this, I ended up thinking about stereotypes, responsibility and social pressure, but it has elements and room for interpretation.
It took some 10 intense painting sessions to get it where it is.

It’s available in (insanely high resolution) physical format as well.

If you like it, feel free to share the link etc. I like to hear what people think, feel & see in this stuff.

I have projects where I’m using this piece, so stay tuned!


FocusPocus-videoparadox @ Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

Our installation “FocusPocus-videoparadox” has been selected for display and competition during the 2011 Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach, Florida.

It’s an awesome setting for the piece. I recommend you to see it and the other great stuff there, if you can.

http://www.digitalgraffiti.com/2011finalists/

As usual, click the image for a larger view.

And remember: Sharing Is Caring!


Theme changed, Exhibition in Berlin.

I got bored of the old look. Welcome misty, underground look!

You are welcome to see “FocusPocus-videoparadox” (and me)  in Berlin, Germany at  EMERGEANDSEE 2011 Media Art Festival (June 3rd – June the 5th).

 

This Painting revolves around understanding false authorities, and the institution of accusations.

Click the image for a larger view .

Cheers!


FocusPocus-videoparadox

It has been a while since my last post, but we’ve been busy arranging our installation “FocusPocus -videoparadox“.

It all started with a media art piece we (me & my wife) suggested to the Pixelache media art festival committee. After our installation was selected to the Pixelache programme, we started the endeavor to realize the idea to a finished installation.

Media art meets street art.
FocusPocus-videoparadox creates a seamless illusion of a never ending dive, in to a phantasmagoric world of connections.

Big Picture. We can see only a part of it at a time. It’s contemporary visual language provides ample elements for interpretation.
That who seeks shall find.

Enter the rabbit hole.

Upon setting the installation up at the exhibition space, we noticed that our projector was not bright enough compared with the ambient light of the room. Fortunately, we got black canvas from the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, witch was also part of Pixelache Festival.

Our installation was finished in time. The “founder” of Pixelache, Juha Huuskonen liked the piece, and even Golan Levin congratulated me about it. Next year we’ll suggest a mind blowing interactive piece to the festival, so stay tuned… (Edit: my son was born, so other projects were prioritized lower)

After the Pixelache festival, our installation was invited to another exhibition, “Philosopher’s Choice” at the Kerava Art Museum. This time we used a better (brighter) video projector, beefier audio equipment and had time to paint the walls of the exhibition room black, and cover the ceiling with black cloth.

We also exhibited some shots of the video as photographic prints. The piece is a series of images from FocusPocus -videoparadox, tinted with vibrant colors. The detail goes as small as the naked eye can see.

The series of images works as an introduction to the installation room, but can be presented solely as well.