KI$$ by Lawrence Lek - Digital Kiss [Part One]
First of two entries on the kiss in the digital arts.
Artist Lawrence Lek talks to DAZED Digital on using the computational photography app Catch123 to create a physical sculpture of himself and his partner - video embedded below:
We invited speculative sculptor (and occasional Dazed contributor) Lawrence Lek to explore the Autodesk 123D suite. Lawrence creates objects, environments and networks but the totality of his practice seeps beyond artifice and architecture, tracing domains within which our lived existence and technology intertwine. Lek chose the 123D Catch app, a tight piece of software that stitches together digital photos into a three-dimensional model that can be 3D printed. With the aid of Catch Lek created KI$$; an investigation into how 3D self-portraits enable the digital representation of emotion.
KI$$ revolves around two lovers (Lek himself and his partner Andi Schmied) moving to the point of kissing and recording themselves at the moment of touch. Each takes it in turn to freeze their position, as their partner moves around them, photographing their pose from all angles (in a process very similar to 360 degree panoramic photo apps). 123D Catch composites these photos into a 3D object. Additionally, all the images are captured as photo data, something Lawrence utilised for the final 3D printed sculpture.
Speaking of what inspired him Lek elaborates that “I wanted to capture the most intimate of moments with the most artificial technology”. Staging the scene was important and the accessibility of the app played into that: “it’s really intuitive and much closer to snapping a selfie than the process of engineering a really complex three dimensional form.”
More at DAZED Digital here
Digital Kiss [Part 2] can be found here