Artist Projects

Sculptural User Interface (SUI)


Chris Burnett , Michael Rees

Chris Burnett and Michael Rees developed their software apparatus, Sculptural User Interface and created an installation using the program. SUI let users enter a string of language (a poem, list, or paragraph) that generated sculptural diagrams. These diagrams were then realized in three dimensions using traditional materials to re-conceive virtual reality as a creative tool rather than as spectative environment, and to combine concepts of art and computing in a meaningful way. The SUI builds upon, and diverges from, conceptual art and sculpture in the age of electronic reproduction. There is no question that sculpture as discipline has extended into virtual space. Inevitably, online art confronts dilemmas of language-as-form and form-as-language at various levels. Using the SUI creates forms that can be interactively experienced and shared across networks. The pragmatic aspect of this project is the fluid interaction of information as form and form reinterpreting language.

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    Chris Burnett

    Chris Burnett has exhibited, taught, lectured, and published widely. His solo exhibitions have been presented at Iowa State University, The Space in …

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    Michael Rees

    Michael Rees’s solo installations include Artificial Sculpture (developed with Chris Burnett using an earlier version of _Sculptural User Int…

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