Art-Mersion: Technology Breakdown!

Art-Mersion is this weekend at Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina St. S in Waterloo.
Friday evening, we’re serving Wine and Cheese from 5:00-7:00pm
Saturday afternoon is #PiDay2015 – 3.14159 so we’re celebrating by serving up 9 pies on 03/14/15 from 1:00-4:00pm
We have several exhibits demonstrating how we can explore Art through Technology.  We are experimenting with ways to deepen your understanding and appreciation for original paintings by using various types of technology to learn more about the painting on various levels.
Explore Art Emotionally – Using the MUSE Brain Sensor, use your brain activity to interact with “Amy’s Garden”. As you relax, the garden will calm down. As you get more excited, the garden will join you in your excitement! Plus, you get to immerse yourself in the 4’x4′ Christie MicroTile Wall. (Created by Kirk Zurell)
Augmented Reality – See how the paintings evolved from the original inspiration source through to the final painting. You’ll also hear Amy Ferrari tell the story behind the painting. (Created by Amy and Marco Ferrari)
Virtual Reality – Immerse yourself in a virtual art gallery and explore the space with a collection of Amy’s paintings. (Created by Bernie Roehl)
Dance With Art – Using the Kinect sensor to capture your gestures, you will be able to Dance and modify digital images of Amy’s paintings and morph them into your own unique creation.  (Created by Glen Mead – Music by Allan Robb)
Browse a Digital Gallery – Relax comfortably and move the gallery around you by waving your hand. The Kinect Sensor allows you to control and explore a digital gallery of art from the comfort of your seat.  (Created by Alessandro Marin and John Mead)
Take a Closer Look – Using a touch screen, zoom in for a closer look on your favourite painting or video. Move around to explore what you want to see. (Created by Brian Wannamaker)
Discover Art –  We used the GestureTek Cube to project images onto the floor and allow you to step on the images to play with them and uncover them. (Created by Marco Ferrari)
The Language of Music – Frank Chen has chosen some of his latest music to communicate his impression of the journey through the creation of this “Serene Yellow Spaces” exhibit. Amy and Frank have worked together to understand each other through images and sound and we think you’ll be delighted to take the audio journey through the evolution of the exhibit.
Follow the Process – Amy has prepared a slide show of how the “Serene Yellow Spaces” exhibit has developed. She also has filled the case with original sketches.
Hope you can make it out to this unique experience.


About Yellow…..

Why I would want to feature generous amounts of yellow in every painting of this exhibition about serenity?  Well, yellow is my favorite color, as I’ve always been attracted by its energy, happy mood, and yellow’s powerful ability to concentrate intellect and spirit. It’s as if, to me, that yellow exists for the purpose of propelling us to greater levels of conscious progress and creativity.   Also, yellow exists for the purpose of allowing our spirits to soar high enough to be able to jettison away the everyday petty things that can weigh our spirits down. With such tremendous power, yellow must be used judiciously, allowing all of the positive aspects to shine while limiting the potential overkill of its hyper puppy-like exuberance. Additionally, yellow must not be allowed to drift into the negative realms of dinginess and jaundice! Only healthy, strong yellows, and healthily yellowy neighbors of yellow (greens, oranges, and browns) shall be cast in the yellow characters of the paintings in this show. Placing some restraints on the over-exhaustive use of yellow will ultimately allow serenity to co-exist with the yellow, and result in an amazing sense of peace and harmony.