As part of this year’s rehearsal rooms project visual artist Sharon Kelly and myself have installed ourselves in PS2’s project space for a week to work more fully on our ongoing collaboration exploring drawing, running, data visualisation and the common ground between visual and digital arts.
Today was split between setting up and starting the process of making physical animations based around Sharon’s interpretation of my visualisation of her data. We got one nice stop motion animation done followed by some more experimentation with ‘the contraption’ (a web cam mounted on charcoal) followed by the stop motion’d erasing of the experiment.
How ‘the contraption’ and the videos it creates fits in with the wider theme of the two of us imitating and drawing from each other’s work has yet to be decided. We’re talking about fitting the wii-mote to it and perhaps doing something with that data, as if the whole process were repeating and folding in on itself.
For the technically curious I’ve been doing the stop motion using Sofortbild to tether Sharon’s D200 to my macbook and a custom Jitter patch that watches the folder for fresh jpegs and automatically adds them to a jit.matrixset animation. This allows us to watch back the animation with the source data visualisation next to it so we can quickly see how they compare.
Here are some pictures of how we’ve been using the space so far.