By Dan James
Level 2, Aotea Centre 12 Sep 2014 to 16 Sep 2014

DJ3D14 is a 3D interactive experience. Participants get to wear 3D red-cyan glasses to heighten the experience of a mix of real and fictional video scenes. The real images are recognisable public locations in Auckland and the fictional ones are recognisable excerpts of well-known films. A robot watches participants and inserts their images into the video scenes. Other viewers can operate arcade buttons to select the visual narratives that unfold in front of them.

In celebration of the Aotearoa Digital Arts Network (ADA) symposium about Space:Network:Memory, Dan James explores the dated technology of anaglyph 3D video to offer a constantly shifting series of moments, traversing many different times (current and past) and places (real and fictional locations).

The real-time Anaglyph 3D facet of this artwork derives from a prior project that took place at one of the monthly Noir Desir dance parties in Wellington. At Noir Desir 3 (Oct 2013), a hand built robot took a real-time feed of the audience, with this footage mixed into other projected visuals (also in anaglyph 3D) at the dance party.


Dan James (aka Dan Untitled) is an artist and curator based in Wellington.
His art career began at age ten, when he used to trapse down to the local teacherʼs college and sell pencil drawings of medieval knights to the trainee teachers there. Around the same time he fared well in a local colouring-in competition and won a yearʼs supply of fruit juice. In 2012, he graduated with a doctorate in Fine Arts, specialising in mashup performance.
Dan’s eclectic work has traversed performance, video, audio, web-based media and robotics. His live remix performances have been presented in contexts including Goldsmiths College (I Miss You, Great to See You Again, 2008), the Museum of Modern Art Oxford (Breakfast Party at my Studio, 2011), Open University of Catalonia (A Remixed Story of Stray Cinema, 2011), and the 48 Stunden Neukölln Arts Festival in Berlin (Channel, 2013, in collaboration with Daniela Gast).
Dan was a regular DJ on the popular Messed Up show on for three years, and he runs the visual crew for the legendary Noir Desir series of underground dance parties – known in part for integrating robotics with interactive video projections. Dan is also known for his curatorial work. He founded and piloted Museum of Modern Activity (a digital gallery in partnership with, curating 11 different exhibitions for the gallery in 2012. He also co-curated the 080808, 090909 and 101010 UpStage Festivals of cyberformance (in collaboration with Helen Varley Jamieson and Vicki Smith), with audiences, performers and venues in numerous different locations around the globe, reaching venues including Norsk Telemuseum (Oslo), ZKMax (Munich), the Museum of Science and Technology (Belgrade) and many more. He has curated a number of other independent digital art exhibitions in Aotearoa too.
He has an upcoming robotics work accepted for Prague Quadrennial 2015.

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