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Lilla LoCurto Bill Outcault
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens

ARTIST STATEMENT: Collaborating since 1991, Lilla LoCurto and Bill Outcault are artists whose work has focused on the fragile nature of life and their relationship with an increasingly technological world. Digitally remapping and reconfiguring the human body, their practice has employed technologies such as 3D scanning, computer animation, 3D printing and motion-capture to explore these issues. Their working paradigm from the beginning has been one of interdisciplinary collaboration with people in such diverse fields as anthropology, geography, mathematics, physics and engineering. In pursuit of some of their projects they have worked with a number of institutions and universities, including military bases, to promote collaborations and also as a means to access otherwise unattainable technologies and equipment. At these military bases, they scanned their bodies in a whole body scanner as a way to place three-dimensional, photographically recorded figures into a computer to work with as 3d objects. With custom software, they were able to deconstruct these figures, generating choreographed imagery that was made into animations, altering the way they visualized the figure. In their most recent video work they have moved away from animation as the sole footage source and, while still using models from a whole body scanner, they have also incorporated, among other things, motion-captured actors and dancers. Within the video they have blended these movements with the animations, creating a collage of sorts by compositing the various image sources. They have also become interested in marionettes through their work with motion-capture. Initially they used the technology to create virtual puppets by attaching choreographed movements to 3d body scans but further work led them to create actual marionettes from scanned models. These puppet's ability to abstract human characteristics and their disconnected relationship to ourselves lends them qualities that the artists find both unnerving and fascinating at the same time. Their performative aspect, in its scale and its historical implications, is also extremely intriguing to them and they are looking very forward to expanding their investigations in this area further.

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