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Claudia Hart
Machina

Machina is a 3D animation portraying the compressed time and space of a painting. Her slow, drowsy movements articulate all of the minutia of a single moment.

This projected “painting” is a representation that is primarily a persona. Based on the classical Odalisque and images of his wife by the Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens, Machina consists of a series of animations that morph from painting to canonical painting. Arranged in random combinations on a time line, the resulting animation is sensual but without dramaturgy, evoking clockwork. Occasionally,Machina opens her eyes to gaze at the viewer, in a moment of transformation, allowing the object of our gaze to subject us to hers.

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Claudia Hart graduated from New York University with a BA cum laude in art history in 1978, and then studied architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. She then practiced as an art and architecture critic. In 1985-86, she was Associate Editor of ID (then Industrial Design Magazine) where, along with Senior Editor Steven Skov Holt, she redeveloped it into its present form,...