Sunday, September 27, 2009

On perception in moving pictures




"...Duality, I suggest, is the essence of representation. Ordinarily one can perceive both the picture as a thing and the thing pictured. There is optical information to specify the surface as such and, in the same array, information to specify a quite different layout of surfaces. There are thus two concurrent levels of surface perception and two corresponding levels of depth or space perception. One is the space in which the picture lies and the other is the space in which the objects pictured lie."

Pondering on how fast technology actually can upset some (older) conflicting theories of what a picture might be, Sam Renseiw recorded two short moving pieces on the morphology of body in space. The first one, uncut,is animated by the camera's sensitive auto focus. Click here on on the above links to activate. (patafilm # 724, 01'03, 14.6MB, Quicktime/mov - other versions at Blip.tv) archive.org version here

The second video, apparently a simple picture, reveals definitely more complicated layerings than apparent at first glance, complete with in-build visual technological glitches. Today's Bonus Lumiere Video condenses many spaces in a flatness with added sign-language (lum # 227 " almost perfect flat-screen" 01'00'', 13.3MB, Quicktime/mov)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Robert Croma said...

Magnificent, Sam.

Bonus Lumiere a dream moment brilliantly rendered – seductively layered. And your 'representation' of (autofocus) dance completely captivating. Of course, I love the idea of a camera's auto focus being 'sensitive' to the needs of a scene. These technologies can create their own poetry, enabled by our merest interventions. Being me, I find such things deeply attractive. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009 6:20:00 pm  
Blogger Rupert said...

Wow. The autofocus dance is lovely.
The lumière is, in about four different senses of the word, spectacular.

Monday, September 28, 2009 11:21:00 am  

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