digital compositing & visual storytelling seminars in Sabanci Unv.

Dr. Akleman is a computer graphics researcher who made significant contributions to shape modeling and computer aided sculpting. Based on his theoretical work on topological modeling, high genus manifold shapes can easily be constructed using a Topological Modeler called TopMod3D. He also had a significant body of work in subdivision modeling and implicit modeling. His preliminary work on links, knots and weaving called “Plain-Woven Objects” will be presented in Siggraph 2009.

Dr. Akleman is also a professional cartoonist, illustrator and caricaturist who has published more than 500 cartoons, illustrations and caricatures in publications such as Girgir, Cumhuriyet, Milliyet and Yeni Gundem. Dr. Akleman is working in Visualization department at Texas A&M University, which is unique in the sense that it is designed to prepare students who are talented both science and art for a range of long-term careers in visualization. Among 150 former students more than 100 are currently working in animation and special effect industry including PIXAR (20), ILM(10), Dreamworks (10) and Electronic Arts (7). Blue Sky (6), Rhythm and Hues (6), Will Wilton (6).

In Sabanci University, Dr. Akleman will give two seminars based on his courses in Visualization department.(28 April – 14 May) The courses do not have any requirement.

In Digital Compositing seminar, participants will learn practical image based lighting, rendering and compositing techniques which are essential for combining real photographs with computer generated images. Participants will learn to practically identify critical information from real images such as position and orientation of the camera, camera parameters, orientations and positions of real objects and lights, surface properties of the objects and properties of lights.

In Visual Storytelling seminar, participants will learn to explore of visual storytelling techniques for the attainment of desired storytelling effects; includes character development, using shots, camera, lights, props and background elements, master plots, one and multi-panel cartoons, comics, storyboards, animatics and story-reels.

Timeline / Location FENS L055
28 April Digital Compositing I 17:40- 19:30
30 April Visual Storytelling I 17:40- 19:30

5 May  Digital Compositing II 17:40- 19:30
7 May Visual Storytelling II 17:40- 19:30

12 May  Digital Compositing III 17:40- 19:30
14 May Visual Storytelling III 17:40- 19:30

(many thanks to Tolga Eren for the news and the text)

My Colleagues…

Having just come home from the “Beyond Darwin: The co-evolutionary path of art, technology and consciousness” conference in Valencia, I want to post the links to the works of 5 of my colleagues from the Planetary Collegium, which I think may be of interest to you:

Guto Nobrega works with plants, robots and artificial systems to create emotional, delicate and ultimately very beautiful/meaningful works of art. Especially check out his latest project, “Breathing”:

Monika Weiss:
Simply stunning!

Nicolas Reeves:

Unfortunately, Nicolas’s website is being rebuilt at the moment so the best that I can do is provide a link to one of his works on Flickr and also this, where you will need to scroll down a bit to find him. These giant, gentle, flying cubes possess curiously animal/human attributes, reacting to one another and the people in their environment very much like living creatures do.

Natasha Vita-More creates artwork as well as research in the controversial area of Life Extension and Transhumanism, working with robotics, medicine, computer science and nano technologies:

Luis Miguel Girão is a sound designer/musician who showed some very interesting output. Unfortunately I could not find a website for Luis, however pdf’s of some of his work are here:

‘bending space’: photography of georges rousse

although french artist georges rousse is a photographer, his work contains a lot of painting. his works are photographs of paintings done on buildings which are made to look like overlays of colour. from the single point perspective of rousse’s camera, his paintings are made to appear 2-dimensional. in reality you would see that the paintings are strategically done in 3 dimensions. this illusion is what makes rousse’s work so intriguing. his ‘durham’ project is currently the subject of the documentary ‘bending space’, a fitting tile to describe rousse’s work.

Peter Zumthor – Swiss architect & winner of the 2009 Pritzker Prize

Peter Zumthor was born in Basel (26 April 1943), the son of a cabinet-maker. He apprenticed to a carpenter in 1958 and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in his native city starting in 1963.

He studied at Pratt Institute in New York in the 1960s. In 1968, he became architect for the Department for the Preservation of Monuments of the canton of Graubünden. This work on historic restoration projects gave him a further understanding of construction and the qualities of different rustic building materials. As his practice developed, Zumthor was able to incorporate his knowledge of materials into Modernistconstruction and detailing. His buildings explore the tactile and sensory qualities of spaces and materials while retaining a minimalist feel. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Gwon Osang’s photo sculptures

Korean sculptor Gwon Osang creates these outstanding 3D pieces from 300+ photographs of the original subjects, which are overlaid onto a lightweight life-size mannequins (see above). Osang, graduated from the Hong-ik University sculpture department, ever since hes been one of the most recognized contemporary artists in Korea for his non-conventional approach to sculpture.

Osang’s composites made up of photographs look almost like ceramics to the naked eye, although closer inspection reveals the technigue of grand illusion; there are elements of realism mixed with distortion that makes the audience see the reflections from the fuzzy lens. Gwon’s photo-sculptures require a meticulous and cumbersome procedure to create his quilted tapestry of human attributes. After many different sections of the model’s anatomy are shot with the same light source, the film is developed and the prints are pieced together to form a sculptural body. The fact that Gwon used this process to achieve a sculptural end-result is without precedent in the history of contemporary art. Though, recently, similarities of Gwon’s sculptures with artwork of German artist Oliver Herring have been made..

See more of his work:

data globes

During siggraph 2007, the only project that could attract our attention + made us spend more than an hour observing it was these globes. During exhibition, 20 (maybe more) of these globes were installed in a dark chamber and were illuminated from inside. Each globe, same size and shape, represented a type of data that belongs to the world (terrorism rates, number of tv’s, money transactions, oil sources, etc…). It looked very detailed and visually compelling. Love the work.

Now that I’m working on my thesis, I remembered this project and I think it’s a very good source of inspiration. It’s a pretty long lived project (from 1988 to 2005).

here is the link..

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