Main definitions of lifecast in English

: lifecast1lifecast2

lifecast1

noun

  • A three-dimensional representation of a subject created from a mould of their living body.

    ‘epoxy resin is used to make the lifecasts, which are then finished in bronze’
    • ‘Once the cast has been taken you need to wait for four to eight weeks for your lifecast to be completed.’
    • ‘Rachel visits the client to take the casting then finishes off the lifecast at home.’
    • ‘His latest installation, The Silent Evolution at Mexico's National Marine Park of Cancun, features 400 human lifecasts and their aquatic friends.’
    • ‘Prosthetic alginate, Hydrocal Plaster, or skin-safe silicone rubber is used to make the lifecast.’
    • ‘Each model or client shows the same fascination and wonderment with their lifecast as an infant does when first recognising itself in a mirror.’
    • ‘Like Segal, Hanson used lifecasts as the basis for his fibreglass and resin figures but also applied lifelike colour, dressed them in real clothing, and provided them with real accessories.’
    • ‘The measurements from a lifecast were entered into a computer model-making program that allows her to scale a head to any size with utter fidelity.’
    • ‘The inspiration, if not the direct model, clearly comes from the sixteenth-century Nuremberg goldsmith Wenzel Jamnitzer, who specialised in the creation of elaborate artefacts decorated with lifecasts of small animals.’
    • ‘For each of his personally selected subjects, Ball starts with a plaster lifecast.’
    • ‘Bodily associations with wax date back to its earliest representational uses in ancient Greek and Roman funerary rites, where it served as a pliable, skinlike covering for plaster lifecasts.’
    • ‘He was the first of a dozen young people at the center who posed for lifecasts by John Ahearn.’
    • ‘The students made this lifecast using the George Segal method.’
    • ‘Plaster is poured into the impression to make a lifecast, or perfect replica of the person's face.’
    • ‘100% silk shirts worn by Geller go for $135; and a lifecast of Geller's hand is yours for a mere $3,000.’
    • ‘I believe that things like the pediment of the Parthenon were also generated from lifecasts.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Create (a three-dimensional representation of a subject) from a mould of their living body.

    ‘lifecasting is accurate enough to capture fingerprints, wrinkles, and even hair follicles’
    ‘the artist's debut features nude human figures lifecast from rubber, bronze, and polyurethane’
    • ‘Lifecasting should only be attempted by trained professionals using the appropriate materials.’
    • ‘The art of lifecasting dates back as far as Cleopatra's Egypt.’
    • ‘The dancer's body is without doubt a joy to work with and most suited to the art of lifecasting - being both elegant yet well-defined and engraved with fascinating peculiarities arising from years of hard work and repetitive movements.’
    • ‘Lifecasting is a specialist area of sculpting where moulds are taken directly from a person's body, and a near-exact replica then cast in plaster, stone powder, resin or even metals.’
    • ‘Art, photography, and lifecasting combine to create unique images.’
    • ‘The event will feature a wide range of mediums, such as Raku pottery, sculpture, lifecasting, abstract paintings, jewelry, digital art, photography, watercolor and mixed media.’
    • ‘To begin creating the prop, we lifecast the arm of model Matthew Reynolds.’
    • ‘The best comparable surviving example of this practice is his silver writing casket in Vienna, the lid of which consists of ten small rectangular panels, each mounted with a lifecast animal.’
    • ‘A typical object for a scholar's study, lifecast bronze crabs survive in some numbers and are often stated to have been made in sixteenth-century Padua.’
    • ‘I fell into the art of lifecasting when taking a break from my career in television to have a baby.’
    • ‘The mould is re-assembled and oil-based clay is poured in to create a pliable version of the bust which can be carefully sculpted to replace any wrinkles or skin texture which may have been lost or damaged in the lifecasting process.’
    • ‘Alginate is often used for life-casting, but for this piece a silicone based material is being used.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from life and cast.

Pronunciation:

lifecast

/ˈlʌɪfkɑːst/

Main definitions of lifecast in English

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lifecast2

noun

  • A continuous video of one's day-to-day activities broadcast live on the Internet.

    ‘he strapped a camera to the side of his head and invited the world to share his unabridged lifecast’
    • ‘For me this lifecast is an exciting journey and an on-going learning process: I'm hoping my readers will benefit from seeing someone just like them who is unafraid to try just about anything.’
    • ‘Seemingly every move he's made in recent months has been captured and archived in what has amounted to a lifecast.’
    • ‘Had they not deported Hidalgo, it's unlikely so many people would have paid attention to his lifecast.’
    • ‘Her lifecast details every minute of her daily life, mostly what she wore and to which event.’
    • ‘He is aware of the limitations of the site's current lifecast offerings.’
    • ‘Two years ago, he launched Justin.tv, on which he aimed to broadcast lifecasts, unedited screenings of everyday life which could even make Big Brother appear vaguely interesting.’
    • ‘Watching strangers' lifecasts or reading lengthy gut-wrenching blog posts is for people who have lots of time.’
    • ‘Dedicated users may even set up 24-hour lifecasts of their daily activities.’
    • ‘Wilson, who is raising a daughter, started his own lifecast in March 2007.’
    • ‘She uses her blog as a way to share and experience parenting, as well as to maintain a lifecast of her children.’
    • ‘It's a formula not vastly different from that of American blog sensation Julia Allison, whose "lifecast" resulted in her becoming something of a real-life celebrity.’
    • ‘The truly committed could start a 24-hour lifecast of their daily activities reminiscent of television's Big Brother.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Broadcast (a continuous video of one's day-to-day activities) live on the Internet.

    ‘lifecasting creates an interactive, never-ending soap opera’
    ‘they eagerly lifecast their entire existence via the web’
    • ‘Lifecasting comes naturally to today's youths, who are used to living their lives in public, posting details of every hookup and breakup on their Facebook or MySpace pages.’
    • ‘This is something that’s been bothering me for a while: with all the push toward lifecasting, should we worry that criminals are going to get a little smarter?’
    • ‘Paul, armed with a video camera, a laptop, Wi-Fi, and a host of other gadgets, lifecast the whole event on the social networking site Twitter.’
    • ‘When all else fails, there are always lifecasting websites that allow users to set up video cameras and stream whatever is in front of the camera onto the internet.’
    • ‘The idea was conceived in 2007 when Justine began lifecasting on Justin.tv.’
    • ‘Lifecasting shows life in unabridged form, programming without a thematic concept, without a casting director, without an editor, without anything in the subject’s life that is much different than the audience’s.’
    • ‘They truly believed that lifecasting would become a popular pastime, once they had proved the concept with their custom-designed portable camera.’
    • ‘It’s a great way for people who enjoy lifecasting to express themselves through video.’
    • ‘Jordan now lifecasts for NonSociety, a trio of personality-driven blogs.’
    • ‘Although the novelty of life-casting has worn off to some degree, that hasn’t stopped more and more people from cracking open a laptop and sharing their previously private moments with the world.’
    • ‘His ability to lifecast while simultaneously hosting the Oscars was kind of the highlight of my 2011 so far.’
    • ‘On the demand side, this lifecasting stuff would never have caught on if there wasn't an audience for what it produces.’

Origin

Early 21st century: from life and broadcast.

Pronunciation:

lifecast

/ˈlʌɪfkɑːst/