Andrew Hagan (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Recorded or Rendered works


1. Research question

FACES was a publicart projection for Illuminate Wagga 2017using photography and visual effects to explore how young people change in waysthat are not often immediately obvious. Could a transient audience notice the subtledifferences of slowing morphing faces when the effect was happening right in frontof their eyes? Could people detect that the young person featured in the image wasalways a composite of another?

2. Research contribution

FACES heightened awarenessof recognition and how subtle and rapid changes in young people can be. Theimages were projected onto transparent Perspex blocks along the MurrumbidgeeRiver, Wagga Beach walking track. The audience experienced new challenges indetecting human faces and were given a demonstration on how much change canoccur in a relatively short time. An original photograph was only on display fora 25th of a second every 10 seconds.

3. Research significance

110 VFX shots were seamlessly combined using stillphotography and The Foundry’s Nuke feature-film quality composting software.The final animation was 18m 20s duration. The artwork received favourablecomments from the transient audience at the festival and was showcased in newscoverage. A viewer could glance away for a few seconds and see a radicallydifferent face on return. The pace of change surprised people and prompted awide range of positive discussions about youth, relationships and time.

Original languageEnglish
Media of outputArtwork
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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