4 Roads, 4 Ways

This work was a result of a seminar entitled Mapping & Place. I became interested in the many ways in which mapping has expanded due to digital technologies, becoming something much more than a piece of paper you unfolded like in the past. In regards to place, I began noticing how traveling to anywhere within Gainesville, FL from where my apartment was, I had to traverse at least one of 4 main roads. I mapped out a loop around these 4 main roads and thought of different ways to mediate my traversal of these roads. Utilizing Google Earth, Google Street View, Google Maps, and digital video, I recorded myself traversing these roads in 4 different ways and combined them into a single channel video that was then projected.


Catching Frames

This video explores the connections between traditional analog film and digital video. For those old enough to remember loading up home movies on the family projector, analog film is a strip containing a series of still images - one after the other. By looping through these still images via a projector, the viewer can perceive motion. Digital video works in a very similar fashion although it is not as discernible and the tool used to create motion is much more advanced. By virtue of frame rate, digital video seamlessly connects one still image after another, though I am admittedly leaving out other intricacies such as interlacing and file type out of this explanation. With Frame Catching, I screen captured a video version of Richard Serra's original 16 mm black-and-white film Hand Catching Lead. I then took my screen captured video and exported each frame as a .jpg images using Final Cut. The resulting 1000's of .jpg images are then loaded in Mac's Preview application and I once again screen captured myself moving through them from the first image to the last and back to the first. The process occurs so quickly that the lie that is the moving picture is once again recreated, albeit in a much more abstract fashion. The principles of the moving image are experimented with and reproduced, finding a nice theoretical connection with the original 16mm film. I also showcased series of these .jpgs by reconstructing them in a 10X50 minimalist grid and even creating a flip-book. In the flip-book, the viewer can mechanically reproduce motion themselves by physically flipping through the jpg images. The moving image is perhaps the best lie ever created.

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