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
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