Andrej Boleslavský & The Vasulkas (CZ/US)
Hi Woody is an interactive installation that pays homage to the artworks of Woody and Steina Vašulka. The art piece was created in cooperation with Woody Vašulka during his visit of Prague in 2011 and was produced by the International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CIANT). It is inspired by the aesthetics of the early video art works created on the Rutt-Etra synthesizer in the Electronic Media Atelier at The Kitchen in New York. The author, Andrej Boleslavský, attempts to invoke similar visual impressions with state-of-the-art technologies – high-powered digital graphic cards, the Kinect sensor and stereoscopic screens conjuring an abstract and immersive image generated in real time. In this moment the visitor has an opportunity to interact with his own digital replica. The atmosphere of today‘s media art scene closely resembles The Kitchen studio – elated by new possibilities, techno-optimism and the will to share. This is the reason why the authors decided to offer the software used for this piece available for a free download at http://id144.org/hi_woody/.