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Golan Levin

Ghost Pole Propagator III, 2007, 2024

Edition of 3 + 2 AP

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Ghost Pole Propagator is a poetic surveillance system and interactive installation that captures and replays the 'skeletons' of passersby in its environment, creating a layered and dynamic tapestry that reflects the history and activity of a locale. Presenting a universal communication of presence, attitude and gesture, the stick figures this artwork generates are compact and expressive means of representing the human form. The format of the system's phantom transcriptions is variable; as presented here, the project serves as a kind of 'interpretive monitoring station' for nearby pedestrian traffic.

Stick figures are an extremely compact yet exceptionally expressive means of representing the human form. The graphic simplicity of such figures belies their emotional force. By eliminating unnecessary details and reducing visual elements to their absolute essence, stick figures accomplish a powerful, immediately intelligible and possibly universal communication of human presence, attitude and gesture.

ABOUT Golan Levin

Golan Levin (b.1972) is a Pittsburgh-based artist and educator, active in software art since 1995. His work explores intersections of machine code, visual culture, and critical making to highlight our relationship with machines and expand human creativity. Levin’s art is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tate London, ZKM Karlsruhe, and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and has been exhibited at venues like the Whitney Biennial, Victoria and Albert Museum, Ars Electronica, and ICA London. He holds degrees from MIT and has been a Professor of electronic art at Carnegie Mellon University since 2004. With Tega Brain, he co-authored Code as Creative Medium (MIT Press, 2021), a guide for creative coding educators.

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Ghost Pole Propagator III
Ghost Pole Propagator III
Ghost Pole Propagator III