Fascinating cutting-edge imagery by Altera incorporates a musical element. Learn more about their process and see their portfolio by visiting Altera’s website.
Altera is a collective of three artists. We started collaborating in 2003, creating Dynamic Painting videos. Marcela and Daniel Carvalho create the imagery and José Santos, their eldest son, composes and arranges the contemporary instrumental music that drives the dynamic visual.
We follow a side path in the contemporary art standard. While the mainstream fits somehow into Duchamp’s postmodernism art vision, where a kind of commentary is needed to explain the piece, we believe in a pure aesthetical and intuitive art form, as was proposed by Kandinsky and other abstract painters in the beginning of the XX century. Due to the obvious technical constrain, painting works with form and color, sometimes suggesting movement.
However, digital medium has been allowing artists to work with actual moving images. We use this medium to embrace motion as the primary content, fusing form and color in “choreographies” trying to push the boundaries of abstract visual art, based on aesthetical criteria. Footage of natural phenomena is used as a primer of the multilayered imagery, bringing a semi random pulse to the final Dynamic Painting videos.
Selected frames from the audiovisual compose our Sequential Art, freezing in time the extremely detailed and rich imagery, expanding the perception of the dynamic work. Each sequence is comprised by two or more images, digitally post-processed and fine art printed.
It took us many years of research to find a niche that would be out of the rhetorical mainstream art but at the same time, would be relevant. Re-engaging in an aesthetical pursuit that was considered outdated and bringing motion to the front seems a lifetime goal for us.
We’ve just started to scratch the surface of what’s possible to create, using natural phenomena in complex multilayered videos. We are currently developing a project based on water dynamics that already has three different audiovisual works: Refluir, Rheotaxis and Outflow. Each of these works focus on different aspects of water dynamics.
Our next Dynamic Painting video, in the making, is based on water reflections. The primary images are being captured this winter in small water streams found in tropical forest parks in southeast Brazil.