Roger Smith exclusive! Channel 22 presents a 3D animation on all guest room TVs.

Through June and July Roger Smith guests will be able to watch ‘Fluid Body’, a new animation by new media artist Sophie Kahn, on the televisions in their rooms.

Sophie’s work owes its glitchy, fragmented aesthetic to the collision of the body with imaging technology. The precise 3d scanning technology she uses was not designed to capture the human body, which is always in motion. When confronted with a moving body, it receives conflicting spatial coordinates, generating a 3d ‘motion blur’. The scanning and 3d printing process strips color and movement from the body, leaving behind only traces of its form.

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In this work, she used 3d animation software to map a 3d scan of her body to a piece of simulated cloth, floating in simulated water. The body is pushed and pulled around by invisible forces, bending in unnatural ways as it drifts and twirls, unable to escape the boundary of the screen.

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Sophie Kahn is a London-born, UK-based Australian new media artist. She earned a BA (Hons) in Fine Art/History of Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her artwork in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Osaka and Seoul. Her video work has been screened in festivals including Transmediale, Zero1 San Jose Biennial, Dance Camera West, Trampoline, Frequency and the Japan Media Arts Festival. She taught in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute as a Visiting Associate Professor, and completed residencies at the Museum of Arts and Design and the NARS Foundation in New York City. Her work has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic, and other private funding bodies. She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Digital and Electronic Arts Fellow.

Audio by Nery Lady Lora.

The Roger Smith Hotel’s Channel 22 is dedicated to video art. Every 2 months we present the work of a new artist with the intention of bringing art straight into the guest rooms.