ALAN WARBURTON: Spherical Harmonics

Happenstance Commission

For *Spherical Harmonics* Warburton draws on his background in fine art and commercial visual effects to produce a short experimental animation. The title of the piece refers to mathematical equations applied in CGI software which compute the behaviour and appearance of light. This is an example of how modern imaging software attempts to mimic the massive complexity of photographic ‘reality’.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Photographers' Gallery in City of London, United Kingdom.
From Friday 17 January 2014 to Saturday 19 April 2014

ALAN WARBURTON: Spherical Harmonics image

Published by anonymous on Friday 20 December 2013.
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The Photographers’ Gallery in collaboration with Animate Projects present a major new commission for the Gallery’s media wall by artist Alan Warburton.

In Spherical Harmonics Warburton presents a sequence of surreal episodes activated by and centred around various bodies of light. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film hints at a fragmented but elusive narrative which references fetishisation, systems, games, control and memory. The protagonist, Maya, a stock CG figure purchased online, inhabits a generic hotel room, responding to texture, colour and movements which are controlled and transformed by the appearance of each new source of light.

Created especially for the Gallery’s media wall, the film responds to its unique characteristics. Sized at 2.7 × 3m the Wall is comprised of eight high definition screens with a combined resolution of 8 million pixels per frame. With over 7,500 frames Spherical Harmonics features a total of 62 billion pixels created for this project alone.