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Check out my installation called Ephemerality @longwinterto

After about a month of figuring out what exactly I was going to do for my Long Winter installation, I finally landed upon an idea. Below you'll find a video with no audio, but some text explanations and examples of the piece.

Thanks again to everyone at Long Winter who used some serious pixie dust or something to pull this all off!

Ephemerality is an interactive video installation that challenges participants to rethink their relation to time.

Slit Scan Video

On December 2nd, I'll be exhibiting at the Long Winter Festival at the Polish Combatants Hall in Toronto. Can't wait to participate again this year.

I've been working away at some slit scan video effects for my installation. This was a previous attempt, a study of sorts, so I could better understand what I wanted or didn't want in a video.

The installation I'll be presenting looks nothing like this. It's going to be an interactive piece.

Before I explain what the installation will be, here's a diagram of the general setup-

Diagram I drew for Long Winter 2016 handlers/admins/awesome team people

Diagram I drew for Long Winter 2016 handlers/admins/awesome team people

Basically, I want this installation to be at the entrance to the hall as a welcome of sorts to the attendees. It has three components;

1. Video Camera fed via USB into my laptop

2. JavaScript running in Processing on my laptop

3. Projector outputting a live video

As folks walk by the camera, their image will be put through a code that interprets the pixels from the camera sensor into whatever I want- in this case standard slit scan video.

Imagine one vertical line of pixels being "pulled" from the centre of the sensor, and "smeared" horizontally across a wall- like dipping a fresh paintbrush in multiple colours of paint and running it horizontally along a piece of paper.

I'm really into impressionism as a style right now, and I am thinking that this piece, if executed properly, should produce some impressionistic effects.

I'm hoping to create a video of the process behind the piece and include an example of the prototype, then post that up here next week.

RAW Portraits of your favourite songs.

01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) - A Portrait of Bon Iver's song.

01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) - A Portrait of Bon Iver's song.

My fiancé (oh yeah, thats a thing now) bought me two presents for my birthday. I got to open them early. One of them is Bon Iver's newest album "22 a million" which is just outstanding. The other is Bahamas is Afie, which came out years ago but I've been waiting till I could buy it before listening because I'm a fanboy of his.

As you may know I've been really delving into javascript, glitch art, data bending and more digital forms of creation vs. analogue forms or mediums. It's less expensive, more fun and allows for a greater visual understanding of the medium in certain forms once you know what you're doing- which I certainly don't as of yet.

One popular form of glitch art is glitched songs. There are many ways to process your favorite songs into weird glitchy sounding things, but one that interests me the most has a very "visual" element to it. It involves changing the file extension of an audio file to a RAW format which allows you to see the raw 1's & 0's of the file via a bunch of gray, black and white pixels. You then open that file in photoshop, toy with the file as if it were a standard static image, then save the file back into a playable audio format.

What really caught my attention with this specific processing method however, is the part in between. When the file is in a RAW format and viewable as a static image, it seems that every song has it's own unique finger print as it were. Above is the song 01 22 (OVER S∞∞N) from the aforementioned Bon Iver album. Below you'll see the next track 02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄

02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ - another Bon Iver track

02 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ - another Bon Iver track

As you can see, comparing the two at a macro level reveals some obvious differences and patterns within the two. Where it gets really interesting though, is that more patterns are revealed as the images are zoomed in on.

Anyway, don't know if this will go anywhere, but I plan on at least turning this album into a gallery of images and posting them on the stills part of my website. So keep an eye out.

Goodbye Toronto, hello old friend.

EDIT! There used to be a longer blog post here, but I've decided to transition my personal notes and ramblings to a newsletter which you can subscribe to in the contact section of the website.

A new day, a new video and the possibility of a new life.
Today's colours are Red and Yellow.

In personal news, I am moving to Nova Scotia. Yup. I'll be "from away" for a time being. My partner got a job in Antigonish and I've decided to go with her. Toronto is a great city, it'll always be home.

Me this morning, moments before writing this post. Why share this photo? I thought I looked cute this morning.

Me this morning, moments before writing this post. Why share this photo? I thought I looked cute this morning.

Here's a song that sums up my feeling recently.

It's gonna be a Long Winter again

Yesterday after work, I got home and almost passed out. Dead tired. Currently I'm driving a moving van and working as a labourer helping to stage and de-stage houses that are for sale. Lot's of couches and stairs. None the less, I went to the local coffee shop and got all the promo in order for Digestible Culture. When I got home, I passed right out.

After I woke up from a long nap, ate dinner, cleaned and folded laundry, my brain was still needing something to work on. So I decided to start teaching myself DataMoshing- or glitch art. I've had a love/hate relationship with this stuff since I first saw it in a Kanye West video and bubbling up through the depths of that SeaPunk look that broke through the pop-culture barrier a couple years ago.

Here's a few of my first attempts with photos, which are much easier to mess with than videos. 

Oh also, the team from Long Winter Festival which I exhibited at last year sent me an email last night saying that they'd like me to participate and exhibit again this year. I got all giddy and excited. Maybe if I can figure out this glitch video stuff before then, I'll be able to use it for a piece in their festival.EDIT! Just realized these images may not display right on all devices. I'll try and fix that


 

This one was fun as I eventually figured out what little phrases and words combined in the raw data and code (well kinda) to get those lines to happen.

This one was fun as I eventually figured out what little phrases and words combined in the raw data and code (well kinda) to get those lines to happen.

This one was really all about playing with the contrast and RGB values, which seemed to all be situated in a very specific part of the raw data.

This one was really all about playing with the contrast and RGB values, which seemed to all be situated in a very specific part of the raw data.

Colour My Day, Blue and Black

I'm really looking forward to possibly exhibiting all of these "Colour My Day" videos one day in the future. I am thinking of maybe projecting them all up at once, in a split frame video on loop. We'll see... so many projects and ideas, just gotta keep going till they pop out.

Today's colours are Blue and Black. Found these colours on my way to work.


I want to leave you with another excerpt from something I love. I'm currently reading "Big Magic" by Elizabeth Gilbert and it's really helping me put my creative bursts- that resemble a manic state more than a creative pursuit- into some sort of context, hopefully making it easier to answer that weird little divine call of inspiration when it comes knocking. Here's a poetic quote from that book-

"Creativity is sacred, and it is not sacred.

What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all.

We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits.

We are terrified, and we are brave.

Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege.

Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.

Digestible Culture; Video Art Film Festival

On November 25th 2016 I'll be running a small film festival. It'll be called "Digestible Culture" and will feature the work of Andrew Stewart, Jessie Hannam and Kalen Artinian. I'm hoping to turn this into an on-going series featuring new artists with each iteration.

Digestible Culture is a film festival that challenges three filmmakers to each repurpose and respond to found footage pulled from the depths of the web. 

The filmmakers are given 50+ video clips they have never seen before from all genres of film and television and have 30 days to reimagine then re-edit that material into a whole new 3-6min long film.

Filmmakers have been given source material from two specific decades. In the case of our first presentation, the videos selected come the 80’s & 90’s. 

What will the filmmakers craft? I have no idea! There are only 5 rules;

1. Each artist gets the same source material- An assortment of 50 videos pulled from the depths of the web.

2. Not all videos have to be used, but you cannot use only one video.

3. You may not acquire new footage by filming or photographing anything. You must only use the videos provided.

4. Films must be no longer than six minutes and no shorter than three minutes.

5. Titles are encouraged.

 

This film festival will be a night of laughs, beer, food, special brownies and a celebration of video art. 

Before the screening of the three films, the audience will watch a 30min selection of the raw, un-edited footage that the filmmakers were given and then an intermission for food and snacks. Afterwards we will have some words from the filmmakers, and watch their wonderful new creations!

There will be time afterwards for Q&A and hanging out.

Digestible Culture aims to get artists and audience members alike to re-think how we consume, distribute, contribute and create our modern western culture within a visual medium.

Hopefully, D.C. will also act as a spring board for new collaborations and ideas.