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A Brief Concept.

The concept behind this work it to create a 3-4 minutes stop motion video relating to my interest in the natural fractals throughout world, its process and our relationship to them. To depict my concept I will have a wide range of images, from the dispersion of natural dyes in water to fractals from the natural world. Every image will blend and flow with the last.  Also each image will be one of a series of its own, so when hopefully leaving a seamless blend between all images. As the work is going to be a video I wish to play music to accompany and accentuate the work, this should mean that after editing the final video should be around 3.30 / 4 minutes long.

Displaying Work

I would like to see how the video would look projected on a large scale, as this would be a new method of presenting for me. However as there is accompanying music and this is a group exhibition projecting may not be plausible due to needing a set of speakers for the music. I could always present similarly to before on a screen of some kind and a set of headphones, however finding a more suitable screen than previous exhibitions may also not be plausible.

There is one other method of presenting I am currently researching, but would immediately be a drain on resources. Using the phenomenon of video feedback If you link a camera to a TV and then direct the camera at the TV, you get an infinite regression of images. However, you can use the same feedback phenomenon with multiple displays to make a natural forming fractal. By displaying multiple smaller copies of what the camera sees, photographing that cluster of copies, and then repeating the process, you essentially create the self-similar structure seen in fractals. By moving and rotating the camera and projectors, you can create a very wide variety of fractal images. 
This method of presenting would be perfect in theory, however the use of multiple projectors may not be possible, along with not being able to try it out before hand firstly to see if I understand and can get it working. Secondly, to see the aesthetics when projected in this way and if it would enhance and contribute to the work.

Here is a video of the final method of presenting working.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj9pbs-jjis

UPDATE: Unable to obtain the relevant equipment i will displaying a HD version of the video upon a Mac screen with headphones. This will allow the viewer to be engulfed fully by the visuals and accompanying soundtrack completely.

Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), a brilliant and eccentric photographer, gained worldwide fame photographing animal and human movement imperceptible to the human eye. Hired by railroad baron Leland Stanford in 1872, Muybridge used photography to prove that there was a moment in a horse’s gallop when all four hooves were off the ground at once. He spent much of his later career at the University of Pennsylvania, producing thousands of images that capture progressive movements within fractions of a second. I have been lucky enough to see this work in exhibition. Since viewing the exhibition I have noticed the increasing influence Muybridge has had upon my own work. In this instance I will be mimicking his techniques in almost all of my own photography. I believe a Muybridge’s studies in motion to have directly influenced me in my choice to shoot and exhibit my work in stop motion.

The Horse in Motion by Eadweard Muybridge.

Although Eadweard Muybridge thought of himself primarily as an artist, he encouraged the aura of scientific investigation that surrounded his project at the University of Pennsylvania. Published in 1887 as Animal Locomotion, the 781 finished prints certainly look scientific, and historically, most viewers have accepted them as reliable scientific studies of movement. The recent rediscovery of Muybridge’s working proofs, however, demonstrates that he freely edited his images to achieve these final results.

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The Zoopraxiscope.

The zoopraxiscope is an early device for displaying motion pictures. Created by photographic pioneer Eadweard Muybridge  in 1879, it may be considered the first Movie Projector. The zoopraxiscope projected images from rotating glass disks in rapid succession to give the impression of motion. The stop-motion images were initially painted onto the glass, as silhouettes. Some of the animated images are very complex, featuring multiple combinations of sequences of animal and human movement. This creation of Muybridge truly caught my attention and imagination upon viewing, I now have the desire to incorporate this into my own work, although it seems unlikely it would be possible or suitable to exhibit this project.

Simulation of a spinning zoopraxiscope