The Pitch, animations by Hrishik Bagla, Kanishka Dissanayake, Ljupce B. Zitosanski, Lovepreet Singh Juj, Raj Berad and Yabin Li; 13 channel video installation, 1 (one) 55" monitor (8 min 18 seconds), 6 (six) 20” monitors (1 min 23 seconds), 6 (six) 10” monitors (still images) and text handout, 2018

By using the commission offered by the institution/exhibition venue (University of Texas) an advertisement was published on an online freelancer platform seeking a 3D animator for hire. The advertisement, written as short story, described three distinct tasks to be rendered in 3D: The Nicéphore Niépce photo, a YouTube video and their own self-portraits/avatars dubbed by me. Six animators pitched for the job and all of them were hired. The final presentation consists of this triangular exhibition space where those works are displayed.

Text of the advertisement published in a online platform and printed as a handout during the exibhition:

3D Animate Video, Photo and Character

To whom it may concern: I am accepting applicants interested in rendering materials in 3D. I am looking for a photo, a video and a self-portrait character.

Dr. Willis Carrier was hired on May 1902 by the Brooklyn-based printing company Sackett & Wilhelms to create a machine to control the humidity that had been playing havoc with the register of their four-color printing process. That summer he invented the air conditioner. An air conditioner, in 2014, would provoke a traffic jam that lasted one minute and twenty three seconds. This moment was registered and uploaded to YouTube with the title “Police Car Shoves Air Conditioner Out of the Freeway (Oakland)” by the user “rclee.” The video was shot from a window. From a window in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France, in 1826 or 1827, Nicéphore Niépce would produce the earliest surviving photograph of a real-world scene. Niépce captured the scene with a camera obscura focused on a pewter plate thinly coated with Bitumen of Judea, a naturally occurring asphalt. Since 1953 this photo has been owned by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas in Austin, USA.

Please send me a cover letter and the amount expected for the completion of the job. Looking forward to meeting you.