Marco Pinter’s work explores the underlying mechanisms of perception, creating situations of conflict between our higher level consciousness and lower level perception. He typically uses materials that explore a fusion of physical movement with visualizations in the virtual world. He finds inspiration in dance and sculpture, but also in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and mathematics.
In installation form, Mr. Pinter works with robotic sculpture and computer graphic forms. At the same time, he pursues similar themes in performance through the use of dancers, sensors and projected forms. This process becomes cyclical, wherein his observations of public participants with an installation, on the one hand, and his experience with performers and audience, on the other, create a feedback loop of cross-influence in his ongoing exploration.
With his work, through a dialog between dynamic material forms (live participants and/or sculpture) and virtual forms (e. g. via screens and projections), he seeks to challenge our cognitive perceptions of what is real and what is imagined. Ideally, this may inspire a viewer to reflect on the illusory realities which our senses create, and how those constructs impact perception and behavior.
Much of Marco Pinter’s work with dancers is an exploration of the ephemeral, impermanent nature of dance and attempts to find areas of permanence through the use of choreographic sculpture or abstract visualizations created by dancer’s movements. His latest series, “Less Ephemeral,” employs a complex process where dancers interact with thermally-sensitive fabric and are photographed by a high-end industrial thermal camera. The camera captures the residue of the movement over time, as the heat of the dancer’s body is applied and then slowly dissipates. He then translates this to the visual realm using a variety of thermal palettes, creating prints of the resulting images on aluminum, acrylic, canvas, and paper.
Marco Pinter creates artwork and performances which fuse physical kinetic form with live visualizations. He earned a PhD in Media Arts and Technology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. His work integrating graphics and robotic sculptures has been supported by grants from the David Bermant Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, and the UC Institute for Research in the Arts. He has exhibited artwork and performances at cities around the world, including Dubai, New York, Montreal, Tehran, Hong Kong, Anaheim, San Diego and Santa Barbara. Pinter is a contributing author to The McGraw Hill Multimedia Handbook and the Ultimate Multimedia Handbook. He is an inventor with over 70 patents issued and pending in the areas of live video technology, robotics, interactivity and telepresence. Printer is also the Curator of Interactive Media at MOXI (The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation) and Executive Director of the MSME (The Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences).