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Osmose (1995) - Char Davies - 16 min.
Osmose (1995) - Char Davies - 16 min.
Published: 2014/06/03
Channel: Immersence
Ephémère (1998) - Char Davies - 16 min.
Ephémère (1998) - Char Davies - 16 min.
Published: 2014/06/04
Channel: Immersence
OSMOSE // EPHEMERE
OSMOSE // EPHEMERE
Published: 2013/02/13
Channel: Jasper Stevens
Charlie bit my finger - again !
Charlie bit my finger - again !
Published: 2007/05/22
Channel: HDCYT
ISEA - Faux Pas.mov
ISEA - Faux Pas.mov
Published: 2011/01/31
Channel: newmediastudies
Davies Creek 31.03.17
Davies Creek 31.03.17
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: Matt & Char
JUST TATTOO OF US | OFFICIAL TEASER PROMO | MTV UK
JUST TATTOO OF US | OFFICIAL TEASER PROMO | MTV UK
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: MTV International
Op Omid Char Ends 26.11.10
Op Omid Char Ends 26.11.10
Published: 2010/11/29
Channel: Forces TV
Charlie Simpson &  San Bushmen: Walking With The San | Singing In The Rainforest | W
Charlie Simpson & San Bushmen: Walking With The San | Singing In The Rainforest | W
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: UKTV
Chhello Divas  - Superhit Urban Gujarati Full Film 2016 - A New Beginning
Chhello Divas - Superhit Urban Gujarati Full Film 2016 - A New Beginning
Published: 2016/04/26
Channel: Shemaroo Gujarati
Portals: Humanizing Conflicts Around the World
Portals: Humanizing Conflicts Around the World
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Carsten Rihm
Power Rangers Dino Charge - Official Opening Theme 1
Power Rangers Dino Charge - Official Opening Theme 1
Published: 2015/02/08
Channel: Neo-Saban Power Rangers
JUST TATTOO OF US 101 | TATTOO REVEAL: SLUT STAMP | MTV UK
JUST TATTOO OF US 101 | TATTOO REVEAL: SLUT STAMP | MTV UK
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: MTV International
Fear of Heights - Virtual Reality Animal Rescue in Full VR - Oculus Rift 360° Video
Fear of Heights - Virtual Reality Animal Rescue in Full VR - Oculus Rift 360° Video
Published: 2016/10/10
Channel: Girls Gone Wild
Ryan Gosling Can’t Cope With Greg Davies’ Ridiculous Story - The Graham Norton Show
Ryan Gosling Can’t Cope With Greg Davies’ Ridiculous Story - The Graham Norton Show
Published: 2016/05/20
Channel: The Graham Norton Show
Michael Bates in It Ain
Michael Bates in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (Dance of Love)
Published: 2016/04/17
Channel: Bobby Gooner
Power Rangers Interview with the Cast of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge | San Diego Comic Con
Power Rangers Interview with the Cast of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge | San Diego Comic Con
Published: 2015/07/11
Channel: Neo-Saban Power Rangers
Ed Sheeran Doesn’t Recognise His Best Mate in the Red Chair! - The Graham Norton Show
Ed Sheeran Doesn’t Recognise His Best Mate in the Red Chair! - The Graham Norton Show
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: The Graham Norton Show
Drones are Awesome ~ 360 VR DJI Phantom 3 Flight Test ~ 360 VIDEO
Drones are Awesome ~ 360 VR DJI Phantom 3 Flight Test ~ 360 VIDEO
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: Girls Gone Wild
Choreography Year 2 - Tia Davies
Choreography Year 2 - Tia Davies' Piece
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Char Wall
Power Rangers Dino Charge - Character Profiles
Power Rangers Dino Charge - Character Profiles
Published: 2014/12/23
Channel: Neo-Saban Power Rangers
Bette Davis Eyes (cover version). Char and Miles
Bette Davis Eyes (cover version). Char and Miles
Published: 2014/01/11
Channel: Miles
Me and Char the danceing singing Star
Me and Char the danceing singing Star
Published: 2006/09/11
Channel: James Davies
360 Virtual Reality Test!  Look Around!  Real VR
360 Virtual Reality Test! Look Around! Real VR
Published: 2016/10/08
Channel: Girls Gone Wild
Chars Livelihoods Programme
Chars Livelihoods Programme
Published: 2014/05/31
Channel: yourstorytv
What is INTERACTIVE ART? What does INTERACTIVE ART mean? INTERACTIVE ART meaning & explanation
What is INTERACTIVE ART? What does INTERACTIVE ART mean? INTERACTIVE ART meaning & explanation
Published: 2016/08/13
Channel: The Audiopedia
Take Me To Church - Hozier Cover
Take Me To Church - Hozier Cover
Published: 2014/12/04
Channel: Sofia Karlberg
Choreography Year 2 - Ki
Choreography Year 2 - Ki
Published: 2014/02/02
Channel: Char Wall
12/30/2010 - Driftwood Char Bar - Willie Murphy "TV Mama"
12/30/2010 - Driftwood Char Bar - Willie Murphy "TV Mama"
Published: 2014/03/21
Channel: Brad Davies
Arctic Aquarium
Arctic Aquarium
Published: 2013/04/21
Channel: Michael H Davies
Thomas/It Ain
Thomas/It Ain't Half Hot Mum Parody Clip 25 (Happy Birthday Windsor Davies)
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: CraneProductions27
Leo & Char
Leo & Char's First Dance 2010
Published: 2010/08/10
Channel: Francesca Davies
100 Questions TAG ft (My Boyfriend) Just Anthony
100 Questions TAG ft (My Boyfriend) Just Anthony
Published: 2015/04/15
Channel: Just Jestina
ULTIMATE ASSASSIN
ULTIMATE ASSASSIN'S CREED 3 SONG [Music Video]
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: Smosh
Charlotte Davies - Éphémère, Responsive Environment  1998
Charlotte Davies - Éphémère, Responsive Environment 1998
Published: 2009/06/19
Channel: MediaArtTube
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Published: 2008/05/27
Channel: sam davies
Choreography Year 2 - Charlotte Wall
Choreography Year 2 - Charlotte Wall's Piece
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Char Wall
Choreography Year 2 - Kirsty Sykes
Choreography Year 2 - Kirsty Sykes' Piece
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Char Wall
GAME of DRONES - INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL REALITY 360 VIDEO GAME - Oculus, Google, iPhone
GAME of DRONES - INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL REALITY 360 VIDEO GAME - Oculus, Google, iPhone
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: Girls Gone Wild
Choreography Year 2 - Kirsty Sykes
Choreography Year 2 - Kirsty Sykes' Piece
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: Char Wall
Peppa pig English 2016- Spiderman, Frozen Elsa, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Joker & Venom! Char
Peppa pig English 2016- Spiderman, Frozen Elsa, Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Joker & Venom! Char
Published: 2016/09/07
Channel: Victor D. Cruz
Just Another Day 19.12.11
Just Another Day 19.12.11
Published: 2011/12/19
Channel: kieran123blah
Fishing Iqalukjuak
Fishing Iqalukjuak
Published: 2012/04/03
Channel: Michael H Davies
Saving our children by checking the obvious: Charlotte Davies at TEDxWarwickSalon (Women)
Saving our children by checking the obvious: Charlotte Davies at TEDxWarwickSalon (Women)
Published: 2013/12/02
Channel: TEDx Talks
Backlog Buddy Update & Round 2
Backlog Buddy Update & Round 2
Published: 2016/01/13
Channel: Kristine Steimer
Moral Compass - Fallout 4 Endings (Spoilers)
Moral Compass - Fallout 4 Endings (Spoilers)
Published: 2016/01/27
Channel: Kristine Steimer
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Vlog: Real Life Lightning Reaction in Austin!
Published: 2016/03/23
Channel: Kristine Steimer
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Chariot Racing May 2013 Llanwrtyd Wells Abernant Hotel
Published: 2013/05/30
Channel: CharcroftElectronics
Choreography Year 2 - Hayian
Choreography Year 2 - Hayian
Published: 2014/02/01
Channel: Char Wall
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Published: 2016/02/10
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Char Davies
Char Davies 1983
Born Charlotte Davies
1954
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education

Bennington College, 1973-1975

University of Victoria, BFA, 1978
Notable work

Osmose, 1995

Éphémère, 1998
Style Immersive Virtual Reality

Char Davies (born 1954) is a Canadian contemporary artist known for creating immersive virtual reality (VR) artworks. A founding director of Softimage, Co,[1] she is considered a world leader in the field of virtual reality[2] and a pioneer of bio-feedback VR.[3]

Life and Early Work[edit]

Davies was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She studied liberal arts at Bennington College in Vermont, focusing on philosophy, religion, anthropology and biology for three years from 1973 to 1975.[4] She transferred to the University of Victoria (UVic) and received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978.[1] After leaving UVic, she made a living for a while painting portraits of loggers and trees on Vancouver Island. The experience of watching the loggers, who mostly enjoyed nature, destroy things they loved had a profound influence on her own later work.[5]

Since Davies was originally a painter, her early forays into virtual art were characterized by a "painterly style."[6] Her own style developed her own created symbolic language and sense of aesthetics.[4] As early as the 1980s, Davies was looking into computer technology and 3D virtual spaces.[4] In 1983, she was inspired by computer animation work created by Daniel Langlois and felt that computer art might help her capture images that could go beyond painting.[7]

Her Interior Body Series (1990-1993) was a collection of 3D still images, exploring the possibilities of how art can be viewed in virtual space.[8] The Interior Body Series was shown internationally and won an Ars Electronica Distinction in 1994.[9]

Davies is a scuba diver, and some of her underwater experiences have influenced her art.[7] Much of her inspiration for creating VR work like Osmose came from a time when she and fellow divers were waiting to encounter sharks. While in the water, she felt that she could "slip into an altered state of consciousness."[7]

In 2002, her alma mater the University of Victoria awarded Davies an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts for her contributions to the field of media art.[4]

In 2005, Davies earned a doctorate from Plymouth University for her PhD dissertation about the "philosophical underpinnings of her own art practice".[4]

Davies is based in rural Québec and San Francisco.[6]

Virtual Reality Art[edit]

In 1993, Davies began exploring virtual reality as an arena for art that questions our habitual perceptions about nature and "being", and affirms our embodiment in the world. Davies feels that virtual reality can be used to "examine our perceptions of the world" and allow people to have philosophical experiences within the virtual space.[2] Virtual reality is also a way for Davies to extend the concept of art, where a two-dimensional painting is able to be extended through technology into a three-dimensional space which can be explored and invite interaction.[10] Visual components of the VR space are created not through traditional methods, but rather by algorithms and transparency maps; it is the unique and creative way that Davies combines customized programming that make her work unique.[4] Davies emphasizes that it is important to understand that her work is dependent on the team who help her bring her digital art to life.[11] She also stresses that her work also has deep connections to her beginnings as a painter, especially in regards to her sense of color.[5]

Davies created an immersive virtual environment in Osmose (1995), integrating 3D visual elements and spatially localized sound with interaction based on breath and balance.[12] It was first exhibited in Montreal in 1995 at the Sixth International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA).[13] Osmose challenged an immersant's (Davies' preferred term for viewer) notions of space and explored the "porous borders between lived experience and virtual experience."[14] Osmose had a Cartesian 3D grid that the immersant would be able to travel through and "visit" twelve different world-spaces based on "metaphorical aspects of nature."[14] An immersant entered the world of Osmose by wearing a Division head-mounted display and breath was measured though Polhemus motion sensors.[15] The world is generated by an SGI Supercomputer.[10] Breathing itself became the "motor" for the immersant to move through the virtual environment.[14] Breathing out causes the immersant to feel as if they are sinking and breathing in causes them to have the sensation of floating up.[2] Leaning one way or another gently causes the immersant to change direction.[10] This biofeedback method of navigating Osmose was developed because Davies wanted to "reaffirm the priority of 'being in the world' compared with 'doing' things in it or to it."[13] Davies spent many years researching light and space before creating Osmose.[14] Davies had some help to realize her vision for Osmose, John Harrison to create the VR subsystem and Georges Mauro to create the models and textures for the virtual objects.[15] Mauro worked from references provided by Davies' art. Overall, Davies emphasized that the "creative process was exploitative, improvisational, and intuitive."[15]

Osmose was followed by Ephémère in 1998, expanding on the concept of the virtual world as art, and adding temporal elements (day/night cycles) to the piece.[8] Davies describes both works, saying, "I see [them] as a means of return, i.e., of facilitating a temporary release from our habitual perceptions and culturally-biased assumptions about being in the world, to enable us, however momentarily, to perceive ourselves and the world around us freshly."[16] Ephémère allows the immersant to go inside of objects and see them from the inside-out.[2] As immersants interact with the world, they cause things to happen by gazing at objects like seeds, which causes them to grow.[10]

She has created in new media, and immersive virtual space as an "experiential spatial-temporal arena' for de-habituating, or de-automatizing, our everyday perception."[17]

Software Development[edit]

She was a founding director of the 3D CG software company Softimage, its first vice-president (1988–1994) and director of visual research (1994–1997).[1]

In 1998, she founded Immersence, Inc. to develop and share software for the creation of 3D virtual environments.[1] Immersence, Inc is also a "vehicle for pursuing her artistic research."[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Char Davies". Daniel Langlois Foundation. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Harbant, Gill (10 December 2003). "Natural Breathing Space". Herald Sun (Melbourne). Retrieved 21 May 2015 – via Newspaper Source. 
  3. ^ Bowen, Jonathan P.; Keene, Suzanne; Ng, Kia (2013-09-07). Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 112. ISBN 9781447154068. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f McRobert, Laurie (2007). "Introduction". Char Davies's Immersive Virtual Art and the Essence of Spatiality. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 3–10. ISBN 9780802090942. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "A Natural Dimension". The Age. 5 January 2004. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Biography". Immersence. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Davis, Erik (August 1996). "Osmose". Wired. 4 (8). Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Popper, Frank (2007). From Technological to Virtual Art. MIT Press. pp. 190–197. 
  9. ^ a b "Char Davies". Les Femmes Artistes du Canada / Women Artists in Canada. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  10. ^ a b c d Davies, Char (5 October 1999). "As If Virtual Reality Can Take Us Someplace Very...Real". Forbes: 161. Retrieved 21 May 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ McRobert, Laurie (2007). "The Dynamics of Immersive Virtual Art". Char Davies' Immersive Virtual Art and the Essence of Spatiality. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 11–15. ISBN 9780802090942. 
  12. ^ Immersence - Char Davies - Osmose
  13. ^ a b Gatti, Gianna Maria. "Osmose by Char Davies" (PDF). From The Technological Herbarium. translated from Italian by Alan N. Shapiro. NOEM.lab. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  14. ^ a b c d Nelson, Cami (June 2009). "From Sfumato to Transarchitectures and Osmose: Leonardo Da Vinci's Virtual Reality". Leonardo. 42 (3): 259–264. ISSN 0024-094X. Retrieved 21 May 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ a b c Porter, Stephen (October 1996). "A Strange and Wonderful Journey into VR". Computer Graphics World. 19 (10). Retrieved 21 May 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  16. ^ Malpas, Jaff (2011). The Place of Landscape. MIT Press. pp. 19–22, 26. 
  17. ^ "Technology at the Service of Art." Nick Bailey interview with Char Davies. Translated from the Dutch Creatie, Vol. 9 (3), June 2012, Susanne van Nierop, ed. pp. 44-47, illus.

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