Date(s) - 03/23/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
David Brower Center
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Kim Laughton is a Shanghai-based digital artist specializing in new media. His work blurs the boundaries between tech demo, music video, experimental film, and viral content – often exploiting cutting-edge imaging techniques to conjure feelings of nihlistic dystopia. Much of his work explores the notion of the uncanny valley: a computer animation concept describing the point in which an audience’s empathy becomes revulsion while watching an animated character that is too realistic (but not realistic enough to feel like an actual human). His project #HYPERREALCG, curated in conjunction with David OReilly, cynically touches upon this strange relationship we have with realism in computer graphics culture. Laughton’s on-going stream of actual photographs presented as computer-generated images has been widely misrepresented by news sources online. To quote Gizmodo in their report on the project, “It’s really crazy how close to life we can get with art.”
GLAS Animation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2014. Our core mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of animation. We provide a unique platform for independent animation, champion diverse and underrepresented voices, and emphasize exceptional directors and artists that push visual, conceptual, and narrative boundaries within the cinematic artform. We are a community-driven organization that not only exhibits animated films, but creates a context and language for a shared understanding and appreciation of animation in the United States.
Green from the ground up, the Brower Center is a powerful model of sustainable, mixed-use development. Utilizing the latest in energy-saving technologies and recycled building materials, the Center makes as light a footprint on the Earth as possible, taking into account the true life-cycle cost of building construction, operation, and maintenance.