08.11.18 dilation

location

second velvet backdrop studio, Boston MA

date

november 18, 2008


 

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08.11.06 edge case

location

2nd velvet backdrop studio, Allston MA

date

november 6, 2008

Two projection feedback setups were positioned side by side, so that only their extreme edges were connected, allowing imagery created on one side to jump to the other.


 

08.08.30.14-03 torso

location

a converted hotel suite in the greenwich village neighborhood of Manhattan

date

august 30, 2008 (2pm session)

Shot in a Greenwich Village studio apartment in 2008. The model, from Italy, was visiting NYC for the summer.


 

08.08.30.10-05

location

a converted hotel suite in the greenwich village neighborhood of Manhattan

date

august 30, 2008 (10am session)

notes

concentrating on the dermal reactivity of the model’s face

This session occurred in an apartment rented in Greenwich Village which had very little floor space but which had mirrors that covered many of the walls from floor to ceiling. It was like being on the berth of a train that was converted into a fun house. To get more space to work in, I moved all of the floor-standing furniture of the main room into the tiny closet of a bedroom, and draped a dark sheet along one wall to isolate an optical field.


 

08.07.23 mask of light II

location

fort point studio, boston

date

july 23, 2008


 

08.07.23-04

location

the original velvet backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

july 23, 2008

notes

the model was standing behind a translucent projection screen

This session occurred in the limited confines of the Fort Point (Boston) studio location, which was less than 300 square feet in area. On this occasion, I decided to split the available space in two by introducing a translucent screen between the model and the projection. This was an early experiment in the use of shadows as a negative space for optical reactions, but the result is so abstract it is sometimes difficult to tell how the shadows are created in the first place.


 

08.06.18 this really happened

location

the original velvet backdrop studio, Fort Point Boston

date

june 18, 2008

The color variations were brought about by maximizing the color saturation and balance controls on the television screen. When the highest level of stability has been achieved, a gelatinous entity takes form, which exhibits life-like qualities. (Please excuse the chatty titles.)


 

08.03.08 three minutes in march

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“Acoustic Injection” is a shorthand phrase that refers to a digital media transformation process that I developed in 2003. The idea was to change selected attributes of a video stream based on harmonic profile of an audio input. This means that every frame of video is modified by filtering live sounds into thousands of discrete musical tones, and associating those tones with particular hues, saturation levels and luminance factors for all pixels in that given frame. This effect can produce some strikingly psychedelic imagery when the camera is directed at a subject that is creating the sound — for example, a person talking: when certain pitches are heard in the voice, a ruddy complexion might suddenly turn green. When subjected to video feedback, there seems to be no limit to the variety of images that can be created.
 
This set includes 173 images that were captured during a three minute interval on March 8, 2008. The total number of images that were captured during those three minutes was 2,823. This means that each image took roughly 0.064 seconds to produce, which averages to about 16 images per second. The method of generation involved video feedback between a high-definition camera and a 46” LCD display monitor. Both the camera and display monitor were connected to a computer running software designed to transform the signal that passes between the electronic equipment connected to it. The algorithm used is pixel based, meaning that no logic exists in the program to recognize or generate the abstract forms that are seen here.
 

08.02.15 popcorn

location

the original velvet backdrop studio in Fort Point, Boston

date

february 15, 2008

notes

the original HD video was post-processed to eliminate two other interleaved reactions