Shadowgram - Curiocity 2019

Shadowgram: a social brainstorming and creative catalyst project. Inspired by 19th century Photogenic Drawings, Shadowgram brings this unique image making process to the digital age. Audiences generate their own shadowgram­portraits, and display them with an associated statement. Shadowgram asks audiences to respond to a provocation through image and text ­igniting ideas, discussion and new enquiry.
Ars Electronica Futurelab developed Shadowgram as a method for social brainstorming through a creative catalyst methodology; a system that enables the audience to discover and contribute through their creativity. The term Shadowgram refers to an analogue photographic technique of
Photogenic Drawing; whereby an object placed on a sheet of photosensitized paper that through a light activated chemical reaction creates a shadow­image of that object on the paper.
Shadowgram is a conceptual extension of this idea, combining a video camera; human scale light box; image analysis software, and digital cutting machine. Each personal shadow­portrait acts as a start point for responding to the project’s provocation. With each shadow is a associated text presented on a sticker. The shadow and text unit creates a micro story that weaves into larger dialogues and groups, and eventually creates a large scale landscape of bodies, voices, ideas and questions.


Ars Electronica Futurelab Idea and Concept: Roland Haring, Matthew Gardiner, Christopher Lindinger, Hide Ogawa / Ars
Electronica Futurelab
Research and Development: Roland Haring, Hideaki Ogawa, Christopher Lindinger, Emiko
Ogawa, Matthew Gardiner, David Stolarsky, Martina Mara
Produced and presented by Ars Electronica Australia: Kristefan Minski
Curation - Lubi Thomas 
Fabrication design and Production: davisthomas
Build team: Nikita Shtepa & Jaia Davis-Thomas 
Artist: Tori­ Jay Mordey