Body Electric appeared in Harvard Square, January through March 2009, as part of the Lumen Eclipse public art space.

Many thanks to Rory Keohane for support in creating and displaying this piece.

 
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Body Electric
with Martin Wattenberg at hint.fm

Body Electric is a poetic animation of literary works that celebrate physicality and sensuality. Kinetic type and photographic imagery come together to convey the energy and rhythm of three classic texts: verse 9 of Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric," the "Song of Solomon" from the King James Bible, and the passage "On Kissing" from the Kama Sutra.


The resulting animations, though determined by a generative algorithm, provide a window into a deeply human part of our culture.

The three videos that make up Body Electric were created for a solo exhibition at the Harvard Square Lumen Eclipse public video display.