Agency of Technology
Website / Social Media: www.kineticat.co.uk
“HOW IS YOUR COSTUME AGENTIVE?”
Sewn and simulated directly on the mocap avatar, the costume in Her Voice is both affecting and affected by the animation, a ghost rising from the re-configured traces of the original performer with a hybrid human-machinic agency.
Katerina Athanasopoulou is a London-based Greek artist who creates animation for cinema and gallery space. She studied Art at Aristotle University in Greece and Animation at the Royal College of Art in England. Her films have been shown internationally at film festivals and galleries, including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki Biennale 3, European Media Art Festival, Centre des Arts Actuels Skol and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. She has been commissioned by Animate Projects, the Onassis Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Katerina is a PhD candidate within Plymouth University, researching the intersections between animation, documentary and virtual reality.
TITLE: Her Voice
‘Breathing life into the spirits of the dead — not least those entombed in our machines — is as general a definition of animation as might be desired’, according to Sean Cubitt; his words are echoed within Her Voice as we are reminded that ‘the voices of the dead move through all of us but not everyone has the capacity to listen’. Her Voice is a collaboration between artists/researchers Katerina Athanasopoulou and Eleni Ikoniadou, scored by Savvas Metaxas and commissioned by the audiovisual group AUDINT. It is an animated short film that is haunted by nostalgically-charged technology and future-facing instruments where past, present and future co-exist. Her Voice draws its vision from Russian ‘Maskirovka’, a military strategy of deception through camouflage and confusion, reflected in the digital photorealism of the veil, which simultaneously reveals and conceals the ghost that animates it. Bringing together animation, motion capture, simulation and digital costume, the technological heart of the film is the telephone as the grandmother of the internet, a medium that produced some of the first tele-ghosts. Created for gallery space, the portrait format of Her Voice anticipates the peripatetic visitor who performs their own choreography of entrances and exits within the space of the exhibition.
IMAGE CAPTIONS & CREDITS
Katerina Athanasopoulou, Documentation from AUDINT Unsound: Undead show at Arebyte Gallery London, May 2019
Foto: Cathy Greenhalgh
Katerina Athanasopoulou, Her Voice, 2019, Film still
Foto: Katerina Athanasopoulou
Katerina Athanasopoulou, Her Voice, 2019, 6’, HD/dimensions variable, 2:00 (trailer)