CARLA DIANA: FROM REAL TO VIRTUAL
AND BACK AGAIN
Txt: Barbara Sansone
/ Img: courtesy by Carla Diana
/ Eng: Luisa Bertolatti
Some years ago, in the rich panorama of designers and artists that used Flash to express their creativity on the web, there was a very interesting female figure whose work had already achieved international recognition. It was Carla Diana, from New York, but as her surname suggests, not far from her Italian roots.
Carla’s work immediately gave off a particular feel. Her environments were almost always abstract and sparse and the objects that populated them were sound toys that the user could manipulate at leisure, thanks to the complex programming behind them. And Carla, with her love for mechanical objects and music, with her capacity to capture through her senses the stimuli of daily life that are generally ignored, with her reflections on the relationship between animals (even humans) and machines, with her attention to feedback of her colleagues and users, with her curiosity that gave her a deep understanding and knowledge and technique and finally, her simplicity which makes her open and available to talk about herself and continue to learn about other people’s work, she showed how to use Flash as a means to conduct a personal and coherent research, as if it were possible to go around the limits and use it as a creatively rich concept.
Her works, marked by a distinguishable style, enrich that area of the Web that, thanks to Flash, began to be dedicated to art, to experimentation and entertainment.
After having taught for many years at the Savannah college of Arts and at the Georgia Institute of Technology and later having worked at Frog Design in San Francisco, Carla has now returned to New York where she works at Smart Design, a company dedicated to object design with a user friendly direction… a perfect place for her! And from the 25th of August till the 25th of September she was invited to the Barcelona office to collaborate on the development of a top-secret project, in order to avoid industrial espionage.
I’m so proud to have her as professor when attending SCAD :)
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