Computer Animation

Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017

John Gerrard (IE)


Western Flag (Spindletop, Texas) 2017 depicts the site of the 'Lucas Gusher'—the world's first major oil find—in Spindletop, Texas in 1901, now barren and exhausted. The site is recreated as a digital simulation and placed at its center is a flagpole bearing a flag of perpetually-renewing pressurized black smoke.

The computer-generated Spindletop runs in exact parallel with the real site in Texas throughout the year: the sun rising at the appropriate times and the days getting longer and shorter according to the seasons. The simulation is non-durational (having no beginning or end) and is run live by software that is calculating each frame of the animation in real time as it is needed.


John Gerrard (IE)

John Gerrard (IE), born in 1974, is widely regarded as a key contemporary figure in the development of digital media. Deceptively looking like film or video, his works are simulations—virtual worlds, made using real-time computer graphics, a technology developed by the military and now used extensively in the gaming industry. John Gerrard received a BFA from Oxford University in 1997 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. He lives and works in Dublin and Vienna. Gerrard's work is in the collection of Tate, London; MoMA, New York; SF Moma, San Francisco; LACMA, Los Angeles; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Kistefos Collection, Norway; IMMA, Dublin; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, and many private collections internationally.

Producer: Werner Poetzelberger
Programmer: Helmut Bressler
Modelers: Max Loegler, Philipp Marcks
Game Engine: Unigine
Installation development: Jakob Illera / Inseq Design

From April 21–27 Western Flag displayed on the the Edmond j. Safra Fountain Court at Somerset House, WC2R 1LA London.