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 Still from "Toy"

Still from "Toy"

It was a busy week but I found the time to create videos for the ten tracks on Jerod Sommerfeldt's new album.  He is an interesting Electronic Music artist and works a lot- though not so much on this particular project- with the degrading and manipulation of sound.  For the ten pieces I concentrated on the exploration of breaking apart/degrading/digitally destroying video images.  Sometimes this was achieved through exporting at low resolution, re-importing and then blowing up the image 600x and then repeating.  There's some fun tearing and boxing that occurs, it's just the pixels revealing themselves.  They stay so well hidden otherwise.  Also I occasionally exported and then re-shot from the screen and then repeated the above process.  

As mentioned earlier, this process can be quite meditative and is a nice break from familiar, narrative concerns.  It's a way -for me at least- to re-examine what I like and why I like it- concerning light, color, form, texture.  Without the worries of storytelling.  Maybe there is a story there?  Let me know.  I like stories.

It's funny but you have to START with something... for instance I used my footage of a swimming pool for Terrace, shots of a box fan, for motion- in Blinkers, footage of the light on my external hard-drive and then a color shift in Burn and finally with Toy, I had some troubles.  I shot a bit of the DNC during Bill Clinton's speech, I then hyper-sped up the footage and blew it up but still, I was stuck with recognizable human shapes, something I really wanted to avoid for this project.  I kept blowing up, exporting low res, removing/shifting color and then re-importing until I got what is now Toy.  I'm putting up a link to that- which should lead to the whole JS album, and a little snip of the thrown-out Clinton footage.