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Absurd Arms

by 25 February 2018

Absurd Arms

By Sam Rolfes (US)

Artists

Sam Rolfes (US)

Commissioner

Sonic Acts

Location

Online

Format

Video / Lecture

Somewhere between presentation and performance, Sam Rolfes, wearing a motion-capture suit, sketches the outlines and contorted intersections of VR directorial story-play and combines them with expressionist 3D puppetry.

In the process, he attempts to dodge the pitfalls, perils, and obstacles of eye-candy esotericism for modern experimentalists. A 3D stage fight against the increasingly rapid iteration of the technology that prevents us from fully comprehending the context or utility of our tools, this presentation is both a report on Rolfes’ semi-improvisational use of deformed absurdity across media as an aesthetic stun device and an audit the formalism fetish of new media. Blockchain technology may or may not be mentioned for additional academic clout.

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