DEEP FAKES: ART AND ITS DOUBLE

With anticipation, The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, EPFL, in collaboration with the University of Lausanne, invite you to the premiere of Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double at EPFL Pavilions: Amplifier for Art, Science and Society.

Deep Fakes: Art and Its Double poses crucial questions about the potency of digital replicas to absorb audiences in enduring emotional encounters with universal art treasures.

The exhibition is open from September 17th, 2021 through February 6th, 2022, at EPFL Pavilions, Pavilion A and B.

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FROM THE ARTIST

The day New York announced it would be going into lockdown is a day I will remember well, March, 8th 2020. I was attending the final day of the Armory Art Fair and had just attended the closing event of Krzysztof Wodiczko’s show, A House Divided at Galerie LeLong the evening prior. The show centered around two 8 foot tall replicas of the Lincoln Monument engaged in conversations through the use of video projections on their face, hands and feet. I actually worked as a member of the team that captured and reconstructed the monument for Krzysztof the year prior, but this was my first time hearing about the project from the artist himself. During the closing talk, he spoke about the transition of meaning and purpose for monuments over time, and how they can change rapidly by projects such as his or during acts of protest. The talk resonated with me and it became a topic of conversation on the train ride home with my dear friend, Amy Moorefield, who had also attended the closing event. Amy spent several years of her life in Richmond, VA and told me stories of feeling as if there was some menacing force watching over her shoulder as she walked along Monument Avenue, particularly near the Robert E. Lee monument. Since I often scan monuments, I decided that Lee needed to be added to my list of subjects to shoot.

AUGMENTED REALITY

You can use your smart phone to view the Lee scan in AR. Simply click the button below and use the camera on your phone to scan the QR code and view the model in your immediate surroundings. You will then have the option of viewing the 2020 or 2021 models. Once the model appears, you can pinch and zoom to scale up or down, as well as rotate the model. Tapping the screen one time will make a shutter button appear that you can use to save screen shots of the monument in your setting.

VIEW DEMO VIDEOVIEW IN AR

AUGMENTED REALITY

You can use your smart phone to view the Lee scan in Augmented Reality. Simply tap the button below and use the camera on your phone to view the model in your immediate surroundings. You will have the option of viewing the 2020 or 2021 models. Once the model appears, you can pinch and zoom to scale up or down, as well as rotate the model. Tapping the screen one time will make a shutter button appear that you can use to save screen shots of the monument in your setting. iOS devices will even filter people out from the projection, so you can get screenshots of others standing in front of the monument.

VIEW DEMO VIDEOVIEW IN AR

3D MODELS

The images below link to fully interactive 3D models of the two Lee scans.

2020 SketchFab Model
2021 SketchFab Model

ORTHO PROJECTIONS

Ortho projections may look like normal photographs, however they are anything but. Created as part of the photogrammetry process, they are made up of hundreds of photos reconstructed into a full 3D model before projection takes place. This method allows the software to create a projection rather than a photo which suffers from the bias of perspective. Objects closer to a camera lens look larger than similar sized objects further away, but that is not the case with ortho projections. Everything in the scene is scaled to the same size, similar to a blue print or map. Normal drone photos hovering over the monument show a larger than life statue towering over a little bit of graffiti, but an ortho project shows everything to scale and demonstrates how the voices painted across the plinth drown out the tiny statue surrounded in the center.

PANORAMA

Tap the image below to view a full 360 degree panoramic photo of the monument site at the time of scanning. This experience captures the entire location and gives you access to not just the monument, but the empty plinths up and down monument avenue, the city skyline and the immediate surrounds of the traffic circle.

NFTs

Select derivatives of work created from the 3D scans of the monument are being made available as NFTs starting the week of the opening and continuing for the duration of the show. These works include ultra high resolution orthographic projections of the scans from all perspectives, 3D animations of the scans and 2D stills created with digital projections that recreate several of the iconic photos of gatherings at the monument shared around the world. NFT sales can be found on Foundation.