Nathaniel Stern explains his "Underwater Performative" prints process: In my ongoing series of "Compressionism" prints, I strap a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to my body, and perform images into existence. I might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around my neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between my body, technology, and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival artworks.
For Rippling Images, I worked with a team to produce several marine-rated scanner rigs, and performed a new series of digital artworks while scuba diving on a live coral reef off the coast of Florida, among other sites... Everything leaked, everything broke, nothing did what I wanted or expected: and this is precisely what must have happened to finally see the 18 wondrous prints premiering while I'm the featured artist at the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, July 17 - 20. At stake are not only the ways we perform our bodies, media, concepts and materials, but also the implications of water and land, life and non-life, that we per-form with every day: as individuals, as a people, and as a part of our habitats. See the video documentation @ http://youtu.be/77FD5cDOego (2 minutes, 40 seconds) or listen to an interview on WORT 88.99 FM Morning Buzz show by clicking HERE!