Char Davies
Biography <ul><li>Canadian artist Char Davies is internationally recognized for pioneering artworks using the technologies...
About Softimage <ul><li>Softimage held its initial public offering on NASDAQ in 1992 and was ultimately acquired by Micros...
Her works <ul><li>Much of her works revolved in using the virtual world affects to her advantage and give certain sensatio...
Osmose <ul><li>Premiered at the Museé d'art contemporain de Montreal in 1995.  </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating 3D digital im...
Osmose Images
Ephémère   <ul><li>Premiered at the National Gallery of Canada in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Like  Osmose  and her earlier wo...
Ephémère Images
Interior Body Series
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Char Davies

  1. 1. Char Davies
  2. 2. Biography <ul><li>Canadian artist Char Davies is internationally recognized for pioneering artworks using the technologies of virtual reality. She was also a founding director of a world-leading 3D software company. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1987, she became a founding director of Softimage, the 3D software company whose intuitive design philosophy reconfigured the computer graphics industry . </li></ul><ul><li>Originally a painter and filmmaker, Davies transitioned to digital media in the mid-80s when she began exploring three-dimensional computer imaging as a means of expanding depth beyond the picture plane. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1993, Davies began exploring the emerging technology of virtual reality. </li></ul>
  3. 3. About Softimage <ul><li>Softimage held its initial public offering on NASDAQ in 1992 and was ultimately acquired by Microsoft. It was a company of software tools used for special effects in such landmark films as Jurassic Park. </li></ul><ul><li>During her 10 years at the company—as its first vice-president (1988-1994) and director of visual research (1994-1997)—Davies began adapting the 3D software for her own artistic purposes. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Her works <ul><li>Much of her works revolved in using the virtual world affects to her advantage and give certain sensations to users who could not experience such things in reality. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of her well known works are: Osmose, Interior Body Series, and Ephémère. </li></ul><ul><li>Osmose and Ephémère being works of virtual interaction and Interior Body Series were a series of 3D digital still images exhibited as large-scale light boxes in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. Characterized by her painterly aesthetic—of luminous transparency and spatial ambiguity—as well as thematically-entwined references to landscape and the subjectively-felt interior body, these images established Davies' concerns in the digital field. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Osmose <ul><li>Premiered at the Museé d'art contemporain de Montreal in 1995. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating 3D digital imagery and spatially-localized sound with full-body immersion and interaction—and multiple levels of transparency— Osmose has been internationally acclaimed as a landmark in new media art. Unprecedented in its experiential effect on participants, Osmose has been described by one historian as &quot;receiving more attention in the international discussion of media art than perhaps any other contemporary work&quot;. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Osmose Images
  7. 7. Ephémère <ul><li>Premiered at the National Gallery of Canada in 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>Like Osmose and her earlier work, Ephémère goes beyond static objective depictions of landscape and the interior body to present them as spatially-encompassing, fluxing environments. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to making use of the proprioceptive processes of breath and balance, Ephémère introduces gaze as a means of interacting with the virtual realm. While primarily designed for solitary immersion via a stereoscopic head-mounted display, Osmose and Ephémère are also performative works whereby viewers can observe and listen as &quot;immersants&quot; explore within. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ephémère Images
  9. 9. Interior Body Series

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