I seek to investigate the space between science and art by exploring the visual identity of technology. My work is evidenced of human creation, however the imagery has an inhuman coldness, a hyperreal depiction of the manufactured, lacking narrative. The machines exist without a user, residing separately in their own distinct presence. This presence is a visual one, a push and pull of virtual space, and an interaction between light and material, man and machine.
"Because the essence of technology is nothing technological, essential reflection upon technology and decisive confrontation with it must happen in a realm that is, on one hand, akin to the essence of technology, and, on the other, fundamentally different from it. Such a realm is art." - Martin Heidegger
Kim Dylla graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Art and Computer Science, and was awarded a graduate fellowship for Digital Art. Since 2013 she has been a full time traveling artist and designer, for her company Kylla Custom Rock Wear. Kylla Custom Rock Wear creates custom stage wardrobes for major performing artists in the heavy metal and rock world such as Machine Head, King Diamond, Kreator, Journey, Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, Asking Alexandria, Satyricon, Slipknot, Cradle of Filth, and WWE wrestlers Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho, and has clients in 37 countries worldwide.
An accomplished artist, Kim's "machine paintings" of high-energy physics labs have been exhibited on both coasts, and sold to the collections of clients in the United States and Europe. She has painted from imagery she gathered primarily of the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility and Free Electron Laser at Jefferson Labs in Newport News, Virginia, as well as the Wendelstein Stellarator at the Max Plank Institute in Greifswald, Germany. Also working in interactive installation, she has exhibited pieces that synthesize computer vision technology, alternative MIDI interfaces, and interactive video with traditional media, authoring her own customized scripts.
Extending her artistic endeavors into the musical realm, Kim Dylla is also a heavy metal vocalist, having toured and performed with the legendary band GWAR as her futuristic character Vulvatron. Kim Dylla has also performed and toured as the lead singer of the bands Kung Fu Dykes, A Winter Lost, and Thismeansyou since 2002. Many of her recordings and musical collaborations have reached international radio acclaim and distribution, including her most recent track featured on the 2016 Children of Bodom album "I Worship Chaos". Her black metal band A Winter Lost, sung mainly in the German language, is signed to Sun and Moon Records in Europe. She also guests live keys and vocals with industrial pioneers Velvet Acid Christ and Washington DC industrial outfit Mindless Faith.
In her career in the Digital Humanities- she worked for several years at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities as the Visualization Systems Operator and the Director of 3D Modeling for the Rome Reborn project, which has been featured in Siggraph, Google Earth, Newsweek, the New York Times, and other publications worldwide. Her work at the Institute utilized Computer Graphics technology to further understanding, preservation, and access to cultural heritage and digital archaeology initiatives, particularly in ancient Rome. She also used these skills to develop interfaces and visualizations of American cultural heritage initiatives in her job as Senior Technology Specialist at Arkansas State University's Center For Digital Initiatives. Kim Dylla also worked on the scientific side of the Computer Graphics technology she used in the Rome Reborn project, programming interfaces for NVIDIA/mental images' Reality Server remote rendering software. This fusion of science and art is inescapable througout all aspects of her work.