Our assignment was to create a 2 minute video inspired by the fluxus movement of the late 60′s. I decided that this work was going to be much more about the process than the product, as I felt that embodied the fluxus mentality. I uploaded and downloaded a home video 87 times to youtube to see how the process would degrade the audio and visuals. I then cut them all together at two minute intervals, to achieve the effect that it was slowly deteriorating.
Over the summer my good friend, and collaborator, Chris and I worked together on the creation of an interactive dance performance piece entitled Become Displaced. While the entire performance and it’s creation will be posted under another project, two components have been separated. Each of these will document the creation of a Max/MSP/Jitter patch that was used in conjunction with choreographic material.
Veronica’s section of the piece was to explore her relationship to her family and roots, through the projection of home videos. I created a patch that tracked her movement throughout the space and consequently would play the home movie. The struggle then became in her inability to watch the film. In order to keep it playing she had to continue moving, however once she stopped to watch it, the video would stop and start from the beginning. The use of audio directly from the video, reinforces this repetition when combined with the video. The conflict was resolved, when we discovered how she could watch the movie and remain physical. By performing small movements, closer to the camera, she could watch the home video as it was projected onto herself.
Below is a screen shot of the max patch along with two separate clips from our rehearsals. The final version can be seen in the Become Displaced performance post.