Summer, winter, spring

Ficarra, Evelyn and Winters, Ian (2018) Summer, winter, spring. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Summer, Winter, Spring is an exploration of time in audio visual media performance, with a focus on a specific urban environment. The visual material centres around Civic Plaza on Market Street, San Francisco, and consists in a series of time-lapse films made on several Solstice dates over the last two years, together with a year long time-lapse of the street from a high office window. Dancers move in the streetscape, performing pedestrian actions with exceptional slowness in front of a camera which takes one photo every five seconds over a period of hours. The photographs are then re-animated at a rate of 24 frames per second, so two minutes of real time make one second of screen time. The slowness of the dancers is sped up to normal time, whilst the passersby move in a rapid, blurred river.

My specific research aim on this project is to experiment with the notion of audio time-lapse in performance and installation contexts. I have collected many hours of audio material from Market Street, including recording myself on the flute on site as a slow motion ‘busker’. Some work has been done on live capture of time-lapse audio (e.g. Andrew Spitz’s ‘phonolapse’ object for Max MSP), but my focus is on reanimating pre-recordings from the site – mimicking the visual process of time lapse / stop animation photography. A single still photo frame contains a mass of information, but sound takes time to speak – how big a window is required for the ear to make sense of what it hears? What method of reanimation gives a sense of the identity of the sound whilst changing the perception of speed? What happens to the human presence in these extreme compressions / fragmentations of sound? My current experiments began with taking a 40 millisecond slice every 5 seconds, closely mimicking a visual process which cross-fades and multi-layers the material. I then expanded the window gradually up to just under one second, allowing for sonic recognition. Combining these audio time lapse materials with visuals and live performance adds further layers of complexity to the experience and understanding of time based media.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Video Artist / Director: Ian Winters Composer: Evelyn Ficarra, with contributions from Heather Frasch (composer) and Suki O’Kane (percussion). Choreography: Mary Armentrout, Paige Starling Sorvillo, Daiane Lopes da Silva Installation 13th – 31st January 2018 Performances: 26th and 27th January 2018, San Francisco Arts Education Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco California.
Keywords: Installation, Performance, Time Lapse, Audiovisual, Electronic, Music, Choreography, Site Specific
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Humanities Lab
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Depositing User: Evelyn Ficarra
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 09:37
Last Modified: 01 May 2018 10:38
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72810

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Summer, Winter, SpringUnsetKenneth Rainen FoundationUnset
Summer, Winter, SpringUnsetZellerbach Family FoundationUnset