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Archive for February, 2007
David Dessens: *#07 video

David Dessens: *#07 video

David Dessens (see previous entry) has posted a new video called *#07 using his trademark combination of GPU shaders and mathematical formulas. As usual he manages to imbue his synthetic structures with warm organic qualities, using color and irregular forms to great effect. See also this blog post for more images.

The video is for an as-yet unnamed HD video project, and is rendered in non-realtime using VVVV. Dessens has also been experimenting with creating high resolution images for print use. It will be interesting to see how he develops this work.


Eno Henze: Der Wirklichkeitsschaum / Cortices (excerpt)

Der Wirklichkeitsschaum (The Reality Foam) is an ambitious project by Berlin-based Eno Henze. The 10 x 3,5 meter image is a massive wall, created at low cost by mounting 288 A3 inkjet prints as a continous surface. The image itself depicts a complex structure of fine trails, created by tracing particles as they move across the surface. Attracted and repelled by attractors, they leave an intriguing network of nucleii and boundaries.

This interest in fine-grained structures is repeated in Cortices. Here, a folded surface created using Perlin noise is sampled and plotted. The resulting gossamer-like structure looks as though it has been frozen in motion.

Both works were created using VVVV, a tool that is more typically used for realtime applications. Henze’s pieces show that it is more than capable of producing works for print.


Thorsten Fleisch: Gestalt / Energie

Thorsten Fleisch is not only blessed with a wonderful name (”Fleisch” means “meat” in German), he is an experimental filmmaker who combines a cinematographic eye with an interest in microscopic structures and generative processes. Using physical phenomena (burning filmstrips, growing crystals or leaving fingerprints on the film itself), he investigates aspects of the physical world that normally go unseen. In this he follows traditions of experimental film, where the depiction of reality is abandoned. Think Man Ray and his “rayograms”, exposures of physical objects placed on raw film.

For his most recent film Energie Fleisch recorded high voltage electric discharges on photographic paper. Arranging them in time, he creates a dramatic sequence of an event that the eye on its own would be unable to perceive. Recently previewed at the Liquid Space.05 workshop during Club Transmediale, Energie is a hypnotic record of complex structures.

Gestalt is an exception from the analog approach, using purely digital techniques to investigate structures in 4D fractal equations. But contrary to the fractal masturbations of the mid-90s, Fleisch effectively uses sound and editing in combination with a restrained expression, imbuing the film with qualities far beyond simple cliché. The result is strangely reminiscent of black and white horror films.

It should be noted that Thorsten Fleisch is a musician as well as a filmmaker, enabling him to use sound to great effect in his films. An early career in metal music also explains some of his more esoteric film titles, notably “Blutrausch” and “K.I.L.L.”.

Gestalt and other films can be downloaded from the Fleischfilm site. Energie is yet to be released for download, but should be out shortly.