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Whip

Medium: Prints (Ink on Archival Matte Paper), hand-drawn using digital pen and custom made Software.
Project Site: http://pitaru.com/whip

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Whip is a 3D paint program that Pitaru developed and later practiced for over a year. It is a painterly environment that discourages the artist from using learned techniques. It does so by breaking many of the rules that apply to the physical painting process. Instead, it forces the artist to relearn how to draw, thus providing a fresh creative experience.

Pitaru has practiced Whip for over a year, recording the entire process in a library of over 500 animations.
The exhibit introduces several hi-quality prints on Archival Pap
er, as well as movies of these prints as they are created. It is important to note that the final prints are a direct output of the Whip software, with no additional retouching.



Threaded Regions in Four colors

Medium: Prints (Ink on Archival Matte Paper), hand-drawn using digital pen and custom made Software.

Extending the Whip project, Pitaru has modified the Whip software (see above) towards the creation of a series that deals with Inner-images of Land.

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Hammond Flower

Medium: 3 minute recording of performance be Artist on audio-visual instrument.
Project Site: http://pitaru.com/72s

Hammond Flower is an Audio-Visual instrument that enables the Artist to investigate the Sub-harmonic ingredients of a musical note, and produces an architectural representation of the resulting sound.

The exhibition introduces a special interactive version which plays back a 3 minute recording of the artist performing on the Hammond-Flower instrument. Users may 'interrupt' the original recording by interacting with the instrument using a touch-screen.



Pagan Poetry
| By Pitaru and Paterson (InsertSilence) + Bjork + Nick Knight (ShowStudio)

Medium: Interactive Software, Recorded Animation, Pilot-Pen Illustrations.
Project Site: http://www.insertsilence.com/paganpoetry/



"One of the most lucid examples of a critical use of interactivity stands as Insertsilence and Bjork's "Pagan Poetry" project. The soft, folding animations were created by combining Software development with explicit drawings and video stills from Bjork's "Pagan Poetry" video. These images were treated as 'condensed animations', later to be released by the custom-build animation software. An interactive drawing function allows the imagery to mutate in response to the viewer's spontaneous gestures. the hushed, evolving couplings found in the interactivity of "Pagan Poetry" brilliantly mirrors and expands upon the nature of Bjork's original song. By exploring the relation of intimacy to the flattened virtual field, and opening up music and video to the fourth dimension, Insertsilence have produced a subtle new template for interactive art."
From 'The 2nd Seoul International Media Art Bienalle Catalog', by curator Michael Jacob Cohen.

Amit Pitaru, born 1974

Originally trained as a musician, Amit Pitaru writes software to facilitate his work and research in the fields of audio-visual art, print and interaction/usability design. For the past two years, he has been collaborating with illustrator and printmaker James Paterson, on an interactive function combining drawing, sound, and video. Under the name of InsertSilence, their projects (such as Bjork's Pagan Poetry, Delight for Diesel, and 222 for Sony PlayStation) have been exhibited in venues such as the Design Museum, London, the Pompidou Center, Paris, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art. The recipient of several awards, including Ars Electronica and Sundance Online Nomination for 2003, Pitaru has also served as a judge on numerous prestigious award panels. He currently teaches at the Pratt Institute, New York, and the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.

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