07.11.25 worms

location

the artist’s home studio in Brockton, MA

date

november 25, 2007

It is theoretically possible for “edge-enhancing” algorithms commonly found in both video cameras and video projectors to combine forces to create stable patterns when connected together to produce a video feedback sequence. What was not expected was that the behavior of the worm-like shapes that are generated would actually be worm-like. No software was written to generate this video, and except for some minor jostling of the camera, there was no input from the environment whatsoever. In other words, once the equipment was adjusted to create a stable feedback pattern, the newly created system was allowed to run its course.


 

07.11.25 dragonfly

location

the artist’s home studio in Brockton, MA

date

november 25, 2007

The resemblance to any living creature is coincidental; however this study illustrates that, when forming constructions from discrete building blocks, it is possible to visually suggest some shapes that occur in nature. Fractal geometry has been used for decades as a way to simulate the growth patterns of trees and ferns, because orderly shapes occur in many contexts that are not living at all but which express a mathematical formalism that is very life-like. And even though there exist sublime blueprints of our physical structures at a cellular level, suggesting the exact opposite of the theory that we are composed of just so many building blocks, there are in fact vast regions of every biological creature’s anatomy that depend upon the perfect repetition of each cellular element.


 

07.11.25 hive

location

the artist’s home studio in Brockton, MA

date

november 25, 2007

This unusual effect is produced by intersecting graphical tendencies resulting in a swarm of dots.


 

07.11.25 meditation 1

location

the artist’s home studio in Brockton, MA

date

november 25, 2007


 

07.11.25 snowflake

location

the artist’s home studio in Brockton, MA

date

november 25, 2007

By tilting the video camera to an angle relative to the video projector that is an even divisor of the circle, extremely static imagery can result. In this case, the angle is 120 degrees, which divides the circle into three equal parts. Certain crystals also form structures with this geometry, the most beautiful examples of which are visible in snowflakes. These virtual crystalline structures seem to be torn by the forces of entropy at their extreme edges. Yet in the center, the formation seems almost immutable. Even with the strictly harmonious angle chosen there is a surprising organic edge to the lines that is far from random but much less regular than a normal flake of snow.


 

07.08.26-06 video mascara

location

the original Velvet Backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

august 26, 2007

Because of the precise alignment of the projection with the image, as viewed from the camera, the pupil of the eye receives zero light, whereas the white parts of her eyes on either side receive intense illumination. This alignment allows the study of the effects of feedback on the eye, one of the most expressive areas of the face.


 

07.08.26-05

location

the original Velvet Backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

august 26, 2007

notes

the horizontal pan was accomplished during post-processing while down-scaling the HD original to NTSC resolution


 

07.08.26-04

location

the original Velvet Backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

august 26, 2007

notes

this was an early attempt to create a portrait reaction using angular momentum


 

07.08.26-03

location

the original Velvet Backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

august 26, 2007

notes

the vertical pan was accomplished during post-processing


 

07.08.26-02

location

the original Velvet Backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

august 26, 2007