3D animation, 720 x 480px
This artwork was created for Casado’s solo show at the Picasso Foundation in 2002 and projected as a 480p single screen. It was then recreated (newbody.v01e) for the 3rd Seoul New Media Biennale in South Korea in 2004, projected in a 30’ x 30’ darkroom in panoramic format using two 720p projectors, and surround sound.Once again, the video was re-rendered in 2016 to adapt to 1080p single screen.The characters are clones, engaged in an infinite dance where there are no physical boundaries; they do not crash with each other, they literally go inside each other’s bodies.
Excerpt from text by Anne Barlow, written for the catalog of Casado’s show at Picasso Foundation:
“Casado’s “nuevocuerpo” series presents intriguing formal and conceptual commentaries on what this might mean. Interestingly, while created with the aid of current digital technologies, some of these pieces hark back to—and at the same time subvert—particular forms of classical art. In “nuevocuerpo.v01”, for example, limbs extend from the flatness of the image much in the way that classical relief sculpture suggested three-dimensional forms within an essentially two-dimensional format. Casado then pushes this aesthetic into the digital age: fingers poke through legs, and smooth, android-like male bodies merge in fluid but physically impossible combinations. He also inserts characteristics of his own body into their make-up: whether a mouth, small goatee or birthmark. What makes this already elegant piece more remarkable, and a little unnerving, is that behind the still image is a moving one of the same figures. From the perspective of the viewer, who cannot see the edges of the video screen, “nuevocuerpo.v01a” fuses with its counterpart to create a beautiful, floating sensation of life-size bodies moving in a darkened space.