Memo Akten


Body paint is a visual instrument allowing you to paint on a virtual canvas with your body, interpreting movement, gestures and dance into evolving compositions. It isn’t trying to be a painting application, but explores expressive ways of creating and performing images and color through capturing the motion and energy of the body. The piece is about the interaction experience. What matters is not the painting created at the end, but the sensation of playing it, reacting to your creation as it evolves. Analogous to a musical instrument, the motivation for playing a piano is not always to compose or record. Sometimes every note is just for the moment, a natural response coming from within, without any concern for the final output or recording. Similarly, when you stop moving, your painting slowly fades away, leaving only the memory of your interaction.

Memo Akten is an artist working with computation as a medium, exploring the collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion. Combining critical and conceptual approaches with investigations into form, movement and sound, he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes. Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction. His work has been shown and performed internationally, featured in books and academic papers; and in 2013 Akten received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica for his collaboration with Quayola, ‘Forms’.

Learn more about Memo on his website.


 Photo by  Amanda Schroeder