Slide Portfolio of Duane Palyka

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For the five years from 2003 to 2008, I had been developing a computer program which incorporates computer graphics and animation with performance. It gives the illusion of real-time video editing of live videocam images. Using graphics cards, I'd been able to map those images upon animated 3D forms.

So far I've performed with this software eleven times in theatre settings, accompanying concert musicians and dancers. The most notable is a dance performance called "Handamation" performed at NTID Panara Theatre. "Handamation" gave me the opportunity to use my software to "jam" with dancers and actors in the same way as musicians do—in a creative performance setting. I'm even on the stage in these productions-- usually in a magician's costume. You will see parts of "Handamation" reflected this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5IKVvxTI3w.

The story involves a fantasy about a guy who falls in love with the girl in the moon—much to the consternation of his wife. A webcam inside of a teddybear brings the audience into the production by projecting them into the teapot and into the tea as it animates within the production with live dancers. In the production I used a wireless network cam, rigged it to run off of batteries (a little electronics there). I had the cam broadcast to a router next to my computer on stage. Then I composed images on the fly to project onto moving 3d objects which were part of the theatrical production.

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My drawings are organized into four sets: (1) Drawings of live musicians in concert. The length of these drawings are usually 45 minutes to one hour. Often I have musicians sign these drawings afterwards. As you can see by the first drawing, I've begun combining the drawings with photographic composites taken at the scene when I can. I am not usually allowed to take photographs during the performance itself. (2) Drawings from my imagination using whimsical imagery. (3) Drawings I do in public-- usually involving people riding in transit. And (4) Classical studio drawings.

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These pieces are collages created from photographs I've taken, but sometimes I use found photographs. I usually compose these collages with Adobe Photoshop. "Be Bop or Me Bop" relates to my own interest in improvising jazz on my clarinet and on my alto saxophone.

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I took these photographs with an inexpensive Samsung L210 point-and-shoot camera on a 2 month trip to the Philippines with my wife Heide. It was an "Alice in Wonderland" adventure for me exploring life on the other side of the earth.


Wee Parreño Website

 

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank those creative artists who worked with me to produce the theatrical productions that used my interactive computer graphics shown in the first set above. Principally, Heide Parreño, my wife and partner, Thomas Warfield, choreographer and director. Both Heide and Thomas inspired me towards inventive development. Along with directors Luane Haggerty and Aaron Kelstone, Thomas included me in the NTID Handamation productions. Artist Kathleen Nicastro and musician Kevin Nitsch included me in their creative music and theatre productions. Bernie Heveron gave musical support for early StrokeDance performances with Thomas.

Thank-You