Stefan Schmidt is an electrical engineer specialized in signal processing, with strong interests in virtual art, in particular virtual reality art.
He is currently finishing a M.Sc. in Combined Artistic Languages at UNA, focusing on the interrelationship of artistic languages and virtual reality.
He participated in many demoscene-related events, being awarded the first prize at the 4k Demo Competition of BCNParty 2004, and the first prize at the Demo 64k Demo Competition of Euskal Encounter 2005 as part of the rgba group. He was also international jury of the electronic art Scene Awards between 2009 and 2012.
Relevant works include Sound Field, the first immersive virtual reality artwork that emphasizes sound, and El Espejo de la Existencia, a mixed-reality art installation that embodies the human body in an animal avatar.
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Sound Field is the first virtual reality artwork that emphasizes sound.By immersing the spectator in an auditory forest, an acoustic landscape constituted by sounds of nature, Sound Field pretends to conquer the territory of virtual reality audio, raising questions about the relationship of sound, vision and narrative.
El Espejo de la Existencia (The Mirror of Existence) captures the spectator's body with a Kinect body sensor, recreating it as a living cell that rapidly evolves into different animals.
By reflecting one's movement into different beings it encourages compassion and the appreciation of nature.
In Life on Life the spectator is also part of the evolutionary process: a differential video stream that detects movement activates digital cells, thus raising questions about the relationship of biological and digital worlds.
Atrayendo Bondad (Attracting Kindness) is an artistic installation that uses the spectator's shadow to interact with floating words of kindness.
Random words are attracted by the presence of a shadow, but repulsed by violent movements.
Wer bist Du? (Who are you?) is a video self-portrait based on Stefan Schmidt's life.
Constructed from found-footage freely available on the web, this short film tells a life's journey through the eyes of a train driver.
This experimental film based on video of a surveillance camera in São Francisco do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brasil tells a fictitious story of sadness and joy, control and freedom.
Contrastes (Contrasts) is a series of eight photographs taken in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By juxtaposing natural scenery with a urban background, Contrastes interrogates the relation of the natural to the artificial.
Electronic Aleluya is a short sound experiment that attempts to merge extremes from the history of music: gregorian chant and electronic music.
3D Field is a 3D scanner device with a twist: it was not designed from a technological but artistic point of view. A green laser pulsed at very high speed illuminates objects placed in front of it. An integrated camera captures its three-dimensional shape.
40 cm by 10 cm by 5 cm, plexiglas, fan, camera, electronics, laser.
The Virtual-Real artist's book is a portfolio of the upcoming Virtual-Real artistic installation.
20 cm by 20 cm by 2 cm, foamed PVC model, bound book, 10 pages, white cloth lining.
Instantes (Instants) is a set of photos fixed on both sides of a movable canvas. One side represents the instant, the other the relaxed, ordinary state, thus questioning the impossibility of perfect knowledge.
30 cm by 30 cm by 3 cm when folded, black acrylic paint on five wooden panels.