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Nue Morte, 2013
A Porcelain Dish Embellished by
Augmented Reality Projections


With Augmented Reality Application
Designed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes

Produced bySEEK-ART + mOsantimetre


Nue Morte is a porcelain dish on which one can view a naked sleeping odalisque, through a smart phone by using custom augmented-reality software. This sleeping figure tosses and turns, apparently lying across one's meal. Artificially intelligent insects crawl in endlessly mutating patterns over both the illusory figure and your solid, "reality" food.

The technology behind the Nue Morte is a special augmented-reality app for phone or tablet, designed by Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, created to accompany the limited edition plate-set. Once launched and the phone or tablet camera directed towards the plate, the app recognizes a decorative pattern inscribed on the elegant bone china and displays a custom-authored video projection that seems to be a part of your meal. This app is specifically designed to work with the custom Nue Morte plate-set.

Nue Morte imagery is enigmatic and dream-like, adopting the cinematic style of early twentieth-century Surrealist photography and experimental film. The inspiration for Nue Morte was Chien Andalou, the 1929 film by Luis Bunuel and Meshes of the Afternoon, the 1943 experimental film by Maya Deren. My approach to the custom app is to locate it within the media histories of avant-garde photography, film and video just as experimental artists have always worked with new technologies from their initiation, beginning with the development of photography in the late nineteenth century. With the Nue Morte, I draw on the visual style and psychological subject matter of early technologies, from those you see in early Surrealist photography and film, as well as those found in even more media "archeological" technologies such as the peep-hole camera and the Zoetrope.

With the Nue Morte porcelain dish, an erotic transgressive layer of imagery floats in an illusory space across your supper. And just as our dreams arise from the unconscious, augmented projections manifest in an illusory liminal space... the puerile truth behind the sophisticated bourgeois world of interior decoration and design.



Download Nue Morte application for Droid.
To install on an Android phone you need to modify your Android's settings to allow the installation of applications from other sources. Under "Settings," select "Application Settings" and then enable "Unknown Sources." Download via computer - not for wireless phone download.

Download Nue Morte application for iPhone and iPad
 
 
Double Narcissus, Claudia Hart, (with cinematography by Melika Bass, featuring Casey Puccini), 2012, video projection, 10-minute endless-loop.
An art work demonstrating the Nue Morte porcelain dish as viewed through the Nue Morte custom app through a Mac tablet by a living avatar.


 
The Nue Morte 2013, porcelain dish and custom augmented reality application: real-time cockroach simuluation
on the "nue morte."


The Nue Morte 2013, porcelain dish, 11 inch in diameter, from top.
Produced by SEEK-ART + mOsantimetre
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The Nue Morte 2013, porcelain dish, 11 inch in diameter, from back.
Produced by SEEK-ART + mOsantimetre
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The Nue Morte 2013, porcelain dishes, set of six, in stained walnut case
Produced by SEEK-ART + mOsantimetre
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The Nue Morte (2013) porcelain dish, visualized as part of an imagined Chamber of Dreams (2012) - a digitally Baroque room using
augmented-reality custom apps to create numerous illusory projections, to be viewed through a single custom application installed
on your smart phone.
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The Nue Morte (2013) porcelain dish, visualized as part of an imagined Chamber of Dreams (2012) - a digitally Baroque room using
augmented-reality custom apps to create numerous illusory projections, to be viewed through a single custom application installed
on your smart phone.
+ view high res image



The Nue Morte (2013) porcelain dish, visualized as part of an imagined Chamber of Dreams (2012) - a digitally Baroque room using
augmented-reality custom apps to create numerous illusory projections, to be viewed through a single custom application installed
on your smart phone.
+ view high res image