“Mirror Minus” is an interactive installation that continues within my experimental process of Reductive Video. The body of work entitled “Reductive Video” borrows the choice to depict changes in movement (either as individual frames or wholly contained in a single image) and applies it to the technical rendering of images. Using custom software written in Max/MSP/Jitter, video is broken down to reveal only the pixels that change from frame to frame, no longer implying form, but instead the shape of what has changed from the previous frame.
For Love represents the reduction of a video into a single print. Similar to other Reductive Video works, the changes in motion and movement are layered to create impressions of these on-screen activities.
The source material for this exploration was appropriated from online amateur pornographic video-sharing websites.
These experiments in “Reductive Video” are an homage to the work of Eadweard Muybridge, Étienne-Jules Marey, and Thomas Eakins, bringing their ideas into the 21st century by highlighting the changes in motion and movement as experienced and recorded by technology. Video is captured and processed, comparing one frame of video against the next. Only those pixels that differ from the previous frame are then displayed.
Baltimore Light Rail – Mount Royal Station – November 2009
Inspired by the Lumiere Brothers’ “The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1895)”
Cape Neddick, Maine – August 2007
“Pixel lapse” photography is the process of creating an image one pixel at a time. Beginning in the upper left corner, pixels are captured sequentially at a set rate until the entire image is formed.
“Now Playing” records the feeling of a movie – the overall color cast of each individual frame – and sequences it left to right / top to bottom in the same manner as our music and writing. Borrowing from the formatting of a computer screen, each frame of a video or film is reduced to the size of one pixel and placed next to the moment in time that preceded it.