Statement + Bio

“… And Tralfamadorians don’t see human beings as two-legged creatures, either. They see them as great millipedes with babies’ legs at one end and old people’s legs at the other,” Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five


I am interested in using computers to depict human motion in new ways. How is it possible to concretize this motion in sculpture? – to fill out the nude descending the staircase? Current 3D scanning, modelling and prototyping technologies are making this achievable. My aim is to produce traditional art pieces (photographs, video and sculpture) using non traditional (computer) techniques.

I recently rendered life-size, full colour sculptures of the space passed through by human beings in motion; effectively long exposure sculptures. Typically my process goes through three stages:

  1. Record and model motion using cameras and software packages.
    The digitized data is exported as a huge 3d array.

  2. I then ‘mine’ the data with a series of self written programs. I am looking for a form – perhaps something novel and beautiful.
  3. The form is then concretized in a traditional 2D/3D art medium.
    The finished works sometimes have a hand crafted low-tech surface which contrasts with the objective computer model which lies below.

The starting points for this project are Duchamp’s ‘Nude Descending A Staircase’, and Boccioni’s ‘Unique Forms of Continuity in Space’, and the way both artists responded to the scientific chronophotography of Etienne-Jules Marey. Like them I’m trying to discover new forms in response to the post-computer age.


Tim Pickup has worked in multi-media art and programming for over 10 years. He has produced games and toys for the internet, short films, electronic music and radio programmes. He received an MA in Digital Arts from Camberwell College of Arts in 2009, and lives in Peckham, London.

Since 2006 Tim has also been part of an art group called Genetic Moo with Nicola Schauerman which creates hybrid digital monsters for interactive video installations. They have shown many times around London and you can see examples of their work on the Genetic Moo website


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