James Clar | Two Sharks Frolicking (2014)
James Clar is an American visual artist who uses technology as a medium to critique the dissociative affects of technology itself.
James Clar, media art, lighting art, light art, pop art, interactive art, led art, minimal, installation, 3d cube, jamesclar, light and space, new media, American visual artist, medium, dissociative, disruptive technology, technology
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Two Sharks Frolicking


HDMI Camera, Motor, Wave Toy
30cm x 30cm x 40cm (module size)


An analog 3D animation module is created using a high resolution camera and a small wave toy. The wave toy shakes, generating a live animation of sharks swimming around on the screen. This work fluctuates between real and cartoon; the animation is generated using real materials and physics but by scaling up the size of the toys they become like outlines or drawn images.
The work also plays upon the notion of film storytelling. While the two sharks’ movements are randomly generated, the viewer can still think that they are playing, fighting, or frolicking.
“SEEK”, Carroll / Fletcher, London 2014
“Rockaway”, MoMA PS1 / Honolulu Biennial 2014