Hauntings is a portrait of Australian artist/writer Francesca da Rimini. Francesca was a founding member of cyberfeminist collective VNS Matrix. Hauntings uses mixed reality technologies to create a series of portraits of Francesca reading her writing. Her stories are autobiographical and explore cultural diaspora and cross-generational family histories. They act as spells and incantations and often draw from algorithmic writing techniques.

These mixed reality (XR) encounters seek to recreate and reinterpret the experience of da Rimini's performances and readings. The virtual spaces and the writing itself both share a deliberate tension between wanting to make sense of one's place in the world and the acceptance of fragmentation, of the breaking down of meaning and of the image. They seek to call forth more diverse perspectives on reality. The interactive experiences are influenced by Tonkin's ongoing explorations into embodied perception and the relationship between the movements of a viewer and the active bringing forth of a world.

artist statement

I've been working with 3D technologies since 1985. This has included custom animation software written for the Amiga (1989-1994), interactive 3D artworks written in Java3D (2001-2008) and more recently realtime 3D using three.js (see https://vimeo.com/johntonkin for some of these projects). Hauntings is the first work that I have made that uses mixed reality technologies. I'm interested in the creative possibilities of XR and for this project I am exploring a more fragmented portraiture.

My recent work has explored embodied perception - how vision is an active process that is directed by the movements of the body. This work extends these investigations into mixed reality.

This work was originally designed as a VR work but because of the COVID19 situation I have reconfigured it to work online and to work with both VR and AR technologies using webXR.

biography http://johnt.org/about/john-tonkin-cv.pdf


Prototype Interactive Portraits

Click on the prototype interactive portraits below to activate them.

INTERACTION: you can rotate the 3d scenes by dragging on the window. You can move in and out or pan around by pinching in and out or dragging with two fingers OR you can use the mouse wheel and/or drag with the right mouse button! Refresh the page to mute.

These works are constantly being refined and updated, stay tuned ...)