Theatre of light : living images in shadows and light

Spiteri, M 2009, Theatre of light : living images in shadows and light, Masters by Research, Media and Communication, RMIT University.


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Title Theatre of light : living images in shadows and light
Author(s) Spiteri, M
Year 2009
Abstract How the artist deals with death, loss and the spiritual has been a major theme of art throughout history. New media tools provide renewed opportunity to explore these themes while testing the tools against a familiar subject.

This research attempts to deal with these themes by examining and reinterpreting them through myths while evaluating the tools of creative media. In so doing, this has the potential to uncover any revealing insights that are relevant to the times.

The project uses myth to explore the potential of the interaction between 2D digital images and 3D virtual environments. Elements of particular significance in the 3D virtual environment - such as Lighting and Point of View - are examined from the perspective of an artist who has practised only in 2D. Twelve final works have been generated for this project and presented as large-scale digital prints, along with a short video piece.

In particular, the research explores 3D lighting techniques of 2D images by applying theatrical protocols within a virtual, computer-generated environment, and using myth as context and driving principle. The idea of theatre 'flats' has been applied as a device within the virtual realm to provide a conceptual housing and rationale for virtual lighting techniques, virtual camera techniques, digital rendering and digital printing.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Media and Communication
Keyword(s) death
loss
spiritual
myth
tools
creative media
3D
virtual environment lighting
point of view
flats
print
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