10. Velociplosion (A Muybridge Influenced Spatial Event)
Animated stop-motion mechanics in tangible space
The iconic photographic explorations of Eadweard Muybridge depict and distill continuous movements, from the mundane to the exceptional , into isolated frames of regard. These exercises, intentionally or otherwise, allow the idiosyncrasies of an object in time to be represented out of context, within a two dimensional medium (the genesis of cinema). This transformation is inherently one of reduction, contraction, minimization ‘Velociplosion’, an event of matter and light for Dlectricity, proposes to inverse these operations and re-contextualize these frame into space.
This exercise intends to reverse engineer a mechanical phenomenon into a set of sculptural ‘frames’ across 100 feet of installation space. By constructing a series of identical objects in linear space, modifying each successive object slightly, and successively illuminating each object with a brief but powerful strobe, we may intimate Muybridge cell-motion with tangible, three dimensional objects. As subject matter a form has been selected that is both easily manipulated and commonplace to the urban vernacular- a street bicycle.
ARTIST: Jake Chidester & Alisyn Malek
VENUE: Rackham Building, 100 Farnsworth, Detroit, MI 48202