The artist David Rokeby’s installation Cheap Imitation (homage to Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase).

I felt compelled to share this amazing installation by the artist David Rokeby of Toronto, Canada. It’s a homage to Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase No2 that I know intimately after being commissioned to make my version of it. Rokeby says, “I have cut up Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase into the several hundred facets that make up the work. The faceted image is projected approximately life-size (such that the nude is life-size) on a wall of the gallery. Each facet is interactive, emerging from darkness only when there is movement in front of that facet’s exact location in the painting. If there is no movement, the projection is all black.”

 

Interestingly in 2010 I collaborated on a similar movement based installation with the professor of creative technology at Leeds Metropolitan University, Reinhold Behringer. In contrast to Rokeby’s no movement all is black, I opted for a no movement smooth playback approach. Click here to see the exhibition video of this installation on the blog I created for it.

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