Duet Gone Wild

From focussing on the duet I did – performing at my presentation in November – I decided that it would be one of those topics that I would represent at my Colloquium on the 31st March. In fact, I have been trying desperately to get involved with Max Msp and using Jitter to manipulate the video of myself, for instance.

How do I progress from the previous performance?

The idea that I was playing in realtime with myself from another time – past – invoked interesting thoughts for me. It brings up emotions associated with buddhism, reincarnation, and those spiritual likes. However, it appears to be quite a current topic in the ol’ quantum physics camp. Besides this, I wanted to try to mix two videos together, or at least layer up the video of myself with different moments of the same video ie. to see the changes in movement between two layers of time. Can this be done mutliplied by many? How do I get the video translucent so that I can see images from behind?

So, I have discovered a few Jitter programs that have some interesting FX on video and also the live webcam of the laptop. I think these might be interesting, but also at a later time, I would have to work out the sound quality and sound production…these things will come.

Here is a picture of:

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Quite interesting mix. Shadow play.

I tried some feedback in the live webcam on the laptop, some moments of exquisiteness. Have an idea to cut the imagery into coordinates of a matrix but having been shown the scissors jit object it is quite an arduous task.

quote from Jackson Pollock:

quote: (from talking about his relationship with his paintings.

“…When I am in my painting, I am not aware of what I am doing. It’s only after a sort of, ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the images, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. (I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.…)” 1956
“Energy and motion made visible – memories arrested in space.” (around 1948-’49, fh) …
* source, famous American people life quotes: ”Abstract Expressionism”, David Anfam, Thames and Hudson Ltd London, 1990, p. 121.

“The modern artist is living in a mechanical age and we have a mechanical means of representing objects in nature such as the camera and photograph. The modern artist, it seems to me, is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion and the other inner forces… …the modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating…”
* source, famous American people life quotes: interview by William Wright, Summer 1950 (meant for broadcasting, but never used, fh); as quoted in ”Abstract Expressionism: Creators and Critics”, ed. Clifford Ross, Abrahams Publishers, New York 1990, pp. 139-140.