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Alan Warburton

Happenstance Commission

Alan Warburton: Spherical Harmonics

Spherical Harmonics

17 Jan - 9 Apr 2014

 An image of an impossibly large vase of flowers zooming outwards

An image of an impossibly large vase of flowers zooming outwards

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 An image of a bathroom - empty and shiny.

An image of a bathroom - empty and shiny.

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 An image of a woman sitting at her desk.

An image of a woman sitting at her desk.

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 An image of a woman in an elegant room, sitting at a desk

An image of a woman in an elegant room, sitting at a desk

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 An image of light filled orbs moving through walls

An image of light filled orbs moving through walls

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 8 CGI models rendered in different textures

8 CGI models rendered in different textures

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 A series of 8 light bulbs

A series of 8 light bulbs

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 An image of a hyperreal vase of flowers

An image of a hyperreal vase of flowers

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 Image of 5 figures hovering in a dark room

Image of 5 figures hovering in a dark room

Spherical Harmonics 2013 Courtesy Alan Warburton

 A series of 8 birds caught in mid flight

A series of 8 birds caught in mid flight

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 An abstract flurry of blue birds with wings

An abstract flurry of blue birds with wings

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

 A second image of a vase of flowers

A second image of a vase of flowers

Spherical Harmonics 2013, Image courtesy Alan Warburton

INFO

The Photographers’ Gallery in collaboration with Animate Projects present a major new commission for the Gallery’s media wall by artist Alan Warburton.

For Spherical Harmonics Warburton draws on his background in fine art and commercial visual effects to produce a short experimental animation. The title of the piece refers to mathematical equations applied in CGI software which compute the behaviour and appearance of light within each scene. This is an example of how modern imaging software attempts to mimic the massive complexity of photographic ‘reality’.

In Spherical Harmonics Warburton presents a sequence of surreal episodes activated by and centred around various bodies of light. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film hints at a fragmented but elusive narrative which references fetishisation, systems, games, control and memory. The protagonist, Maya, a stock CG figure purchased online, inhabits a generic hotel room, responding to texture, colour and movements which are controlled and transformed by the appearance of each new source of light.

Created especially for the Gallery’s media wall, the film responds to its unique characteristics. Sized at 2.7 x 3m the Wall is comprised of eight high definition screens with a combined resolution of 8 million pixels per frame. With over 7,500 frames Spherical Harmonics features a total of 62 billion pixels created for this project alone.

Spherical Harmonics will be exhibited/screened at Berlin's Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and Vienna Film Museum in May 2014.

Alan Warburton

Animate Projects

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