Sebring, Working in the Fourth Dimension

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Sebring, Working in the Fourth Dimension

Multimedia artist, filmmaker and photographer Steven Sebring, who amazed audiences at his 2013 “Revolution” installation at the 69th Regiment Armory, continues to redefine ‘seeing’ and the creative potential of a visual experience.

With one single revolution around its subject, Sebring’s groundbreaking motion capture system, a 15 foot geodesic dome known as ‘The Rig’, allows viewers to witness one singular moment in time from every possible angle. Sebring’s innovation, a seamless marriage of technology and art, has the ability to virtually extend time and capture movement which is otherwise gone in an instant, providing his audience with the profound experience of a suspension in time and space. Whether presented as a sequence of still images or a composited overlay of images, his work has been called ethereal and otherworldly.

Based in part on Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering moving picture work in the late 1800s, Sebring’s art is accessible in video form, via the app he designed (to be released shortly), and now also in book form. His latest endeavor, Study of Pose captures 1000 dramatic poses of supermodel Coco Rocha, each shot from 100 angles for a total of 100,000 striking still images, presented in hardcover from Harper Design.

“If a shadow is a two-dimensional projection of the three-dimensional world, then the three-dimensional world as we know it is the projection of the four-dimensional universe.”

-Marcel Duchamp

Sebring is no stranger to Duchamp’s four-dimensional universe. They may even be close friends. His goal now is to work in what he calls the fifth dimension, recording and incorporating the sounds of what goes on inside the rig during a shoot.


Photo credit: Steven Sebring