Artists' Fellowship - 2003
betweenness translation reflection inversion
These words describe the nth-dimensional worlds I create by molding space with light. These worlds create questions without answers, space without time. Filaments of light create perceptual dichotomies that juxtapose realism and fantasy, logic and emotion, continuity and transition. Spirit Time (2003) is a dynamic display of three-dimensional computer images that transform into different configurations. The underlying structure in the images changes throughout the progression. The work explores the role perception and memory play in the interpretation of new relationships and associations. The viewer must construct new perceptual relationships within the context of diverse structures and temporal dynamics. Throughout the work the viewer maps patterns of form as well as patterns of space and time. The work tests our ability to perceive patterns within layers of diverse information and in turn, to define perceptual links that are both continuous and discrete.
My work includes multimedia installations that are critical commentaries on the state of human-computer interaction. Ancient Voices in Cyberspace (2000) explores the aesthetics of narrative, visual images, music, and action in aboriginal cultures as a foundation for new perspectives in human-computer interaction. The installation juxtaposes symbols, poems, and music drawn from the oral traditions of aboriginal cultures with the limitations of human-computer interaction. The artwork demonstrates how Western language and temporal perspectives create abstractions that remove us from reality and limit our perception of events to logical analysis, categorization, and numerical data.
Finding the Center (2003) explores new forms of temporal, spatial, and rhythmic links in interactive design that enable the viewer to explore information outside the conventional framework of hierarchies and causality. This installation explores the “spatial grammar” of interaction and introduces the concept of kinesthetically articulated design (KAD) in which the user builds cognitive maps by combining rhythmic patterns of interaction with audiovisual navigation cues. Finding the Center emphasizes the importance of using fundamental elements of human perception and cognition to bridge the gap between the tangible physical world and the ethereal world of electronic communication.
More about the Artist:
Patricia Search is a multimedia artist and professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She has worked with computer graphics and electronic media for over eighteen years. She has had 19 solo exhibitions of her art and participated in over 150 invitational or juried group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece, China, and Japan. Her computer graphics artwork has been published in many international journals and three television documentaries highlighting the latest work in electronic art.
Professor Search is a frequent presenter and exhibitor at international conferences on electronic art. Her articles on electronic art and interactive multimedia computing have been published by numerous organizations including the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA) and the Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST). She has received "Best Paper Awards" for her research in interactive multimedia design from the International Visual Literacy Association and the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia, and Telecommunications.
Patricia Search is a Fulbright Senior Specialist candidate and recently worked with Aboriginal Research Institute at the University of South Australia on multimedia design guidelines for online educational materials for Indigenous studies. She has served on the Executive Board of the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts and the International Visual Literacy Association.