Moshe Ladanga

Video Feedback Part 02

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The footage below are two experiments in which we turned the camera 90 and 180 degrees respectively. Both exhibit properties that are distinct; it’s really strange that a slight change in the camera’s angle alters the way the virtual space is perceived.

 

The delay is even more distinct, images spiral into the center. When many elements enter the frame, the escher-like dimension creates a multitude that has a particular synchronicity. The feedback loop, because of its repetition and the slight delay with each layer, is sort of akin to a rhythmic dispersal of events over time, and the virtual space created by the frames completes the illusion, forming a “well” or a “tunnel”. I think the frames do have a powerful effect; when they are seen (and repeated into the video loop), they evoke a “cavern”, the visual form that philosophy and psychology often evoke when describing consciousness. 

Perception does play in how the individual conceives the world; the video feedback loop hints at this intersection of perception and conception, but it needs to be studied more if ever we decide to focus on evoking this space.

 

In the video above, the camera is on its head, and the virtual space changes. The multiplicity of the reflections become more pronounced, and the alternation of the up & down orientation makes it tricky to follow the image as it replicates into the tunnel. I think it is the effect of the reversal of even the direction of the movement. 

In the second part of the video, we experimented with turning the camera, and it produced a fanciful symmetry- but it just looked ordinary and predictable, since it echoed familiar forms. The shape of the symmetrical convolution became the focus,  rather than the repeating reflections. 

Near the end of the video, the camera zooms in, and the “corridor” melts into this amorphous image; and when the fingers enter the frame, the reflections also melt and dissolve. The fingers’ quick movement leaves this recurring flash, and when the camera zooms out, the flash is seen disappearing from frame to frame, into the tunnel. 

This flash is what I found particularly interesting in these sets of experiments; it’s as if the movement is caught, and its reflections in the loop  allow the viewer to see this ephemeral event captured, then slowly disappear.

 

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Written by mosheladanga

March 14, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Posted in Reflections

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