Study of the Modulation of Cubes: User Manual


1- Unpacking & Setup

2- Basic Operation

3- Warnings

4- Exhibition Recommendations

5- Care & Support

6- Technical Specifications

7- Concept

Artist: Nourathar Studio

Authors: Caen Botto & Marta Rupérez

Title: Study of the Modulation of Cubes

Date: 2019

Description: Spectral decomposition of light; machinima of generative application.

Media: Mixed media; LCD screen, video player, electronics, lens, perspex in custom wooden box.

Dimensions: 44,5 (h) x 44,5 (w) x 30 (d) cm

Loop duration: 11'00"

1- Unpacking & Setup

Box Contents:

- Op Channel (artwork)

- Power cable


In the event of damage or loss to the crate and its contents during shipment, a claim can be filed; however, all carriers and insurance policies have cutoff periods for filing.

1.1 Open the TOP of the box using a screwdriver where indicated:

1.3 Unpack the artwork:

· Remove box containing power cable.

· Remove extra padding

· Hold 2 sides of the artwork and steadily pull upwards to lift it out of the box

· Remove wrapping.

1.4 To move the artwork, lift by firmly holding from the bottom, front and back.

The use of cotton gloves is recommended to avoid leaving marks on artwork.


2- Basic operation

Turning ON:

- Plug piece to electric grid (100 - 240V)

- Press switch on.

- Wait 20 seconds


Turning OFF: *

- Press & release red button

- Wait 10 seconds

- Turn switch off

(see *WARNING below)

3- Warnings

* Warning: To ensure the durability of the electronic components, it is VERY IMPORTANT that the piece is turned off following instructions (above)

· Temperature: Under 25ºC, recommended ambient temperature.

4- Exhibition Recommendations

Ambient light: The artwork will be best viewed under controlled lighting conditions.

Stand: Stand (or shelf) should be between 120cm and 130cm high. Width and depth should be slightly larger than artwork's

5- Care & Support

This User Manual can be accessed using the QR code on the back of the artwork

(QR reader app necessary; these can be found for android or iPhone).

This online version will include further additions, details and updates.

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Maintenance: Use a gentle cleaner to polish and protect the artwork's wooden box. Use brush and/or compressed air to clean the lens. Avoid touching lens with bare hands.

Preservation: Purchase of replacement screen and Raspberry Pi are recommended (see Technical Specifications below)

Support: nourathar_dot_m_at_gmail_dot_com // +34 687 049 717

6- Technical Specifications


SXGA Screen 19", 5:4

Acer V196L Bbmd; LED, LCD.

Resolution: 1280 x 1024, DVI, VGA

Dimensions: 40.6 x 33.7 x 5.2 cm

Specs & manual

Barebone computer:

Raspberry Pi 3 model B

1.2 GHz Quad-core ARM Cortex A53, 1GB RAM, USB 2.0)

Technical specs (pdf)


All technology included with the piece is new.

The warranty of each component is provided by its supplier.

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7- Concept

The artworks in this series explore the convergence of analog and digital media: a wooden box contains an analog lens that deforms 3D images, which are projected by a screen inside. The spectral decomposition of light caused by the lens affects the perception of the modulation of the shapes. Thus, in these Studies of the Modulation of Forms, the movement of the observer and his point of view determine the appreciation of the work.

To create the animated content, Nourathar Studio developed a generative graphics application that allows real-time modulation of pure shapes - in this case cubes - with noise. The work presents the resulting machinima, as a sequence of moving inter-modulations floating within a space of unexpected depth. The movement of cubical forms echoes the morphological decomposition and recomposition, similar to an animated cubism that allows the analysis of these forms and all their possible perspectives.

Study of the modulation of cubes