Gibson/Martelli are currently artists in residence at the Tuxedo Residency in Los Angeles, California. For the residency, the artists develop a series of virtual reality experiences using machine learning to generate imagery from prompts which are then laboriously converted into 3d characters and subsequently animated using motion-captured dance. Read More…
Gibson’s deep knowledge of the Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT*) invents a holographic universe where interpretations of SRT’s poetic imagery emanate from the natural world and spoken pedagogical scripts are used to encourage spontaneous movement. In a neat parallel, both form and motion originate in the text.
Intrigued by figuration, abstraction and notions of embodiment, the artists create avatar forms full of personality but stripped of identifying features where the character emerges from motion. They recognise and critique normative body standards in representing what a body is and can become. In Gibson/Martelli’s work, characters are fictional and have a level of ambiguity. Using animation techniques and cultural shifts, they challenge concepts of representation drawn from traces of reality. The residency poses a challenge when they attempt to bring their computer-generated game engine worlds closer to their early experimental films.
About Tuxedo Residency
Situated on Tuxedo Terrace, which meanders through the sweeping Hollywood Hills, Villa Gazelle is a haven for artists, writers, and creative professionals. Steered by international Gallerists, throughout the years the Villa has been visited by a diverse register of artists, including: Ashley Bickerton; Jordan Wolfson; Alex Israel; and Derek Boshier, who’s vivid mural overlooks the garden. Given this rich artistic history, it was somewhat inevitable that the property would organically develop into an artists’ residency. Today the residency aspires to be a collaborative initiative, with galleries and art institutions partaking to foster engagements between their artists and the local art community throughout the residency.
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Gibson/Martelli manipulate virtual material rooted in studying and understanding the body and space. Furthering explorations of how we experience the world, they develop haptic interfaces and virtual performance. There is an emphasis on tactility, physicality, and perception, which are documented and reworked painstakingly to produce entities and modes of encounter through play.
*Joan Skinner (1924-2021) was an American choreographer, teacher and former dancer with the Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham companies who left an extraordinary legacy with her Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT).