Foothill Incident Sequence
Preparing digital images for the interactive View-Master component has been thoroughly enjoyable–and challenging in an entirely new way. I’ve been working with new image sequences and revisiting older mutations, revising and revitalizing them for slide-based viewing. The sets I’ve made so far are back lit 2D designs, which is important to experiment with as I’d like to see how effective the 2D reels are at delivering a back lit digital datascape.
I’ll be bringing three digital reels with me to the residency, plus two View-Masters. The reels are an experiment in presenting a semi-narrative through interrelated digital images, which dance around a core condition (a gunfight car chase and an accident near the Foothill Freeway). Both of these reels suggest the video art, but are not duplicate content. The third reel, First Responder, is an experiment in breaking transitional stills out of Elevator (Finding a Way Out of Here, I hope), in true View-Master brand fashion. I also have several categorical reels in the works, which break screen caps into typologies: guns, cars, mountains, etc (a suggestion from Kevin). Bottom line is, the reels need to have a cohesive language that ties their chain of 7 stills together, whether it be an organizational typology or a semi-narrative expression.
Building true 3D stereoscopic images is complex and I won’t be finished with even one reel in time for January, but I do have 3D reels from Emergency! and Knight Rider that I can provide for critique. Viewers can contrast the effectiveness of the 3D with the back lit 2D (which more directly references a screen), by using the official screen cap reels as examples. We can also figure out if the 3D seems cheesy (for lack of a better word), or if 3D is the right direction.
My mentor feels certain that the reels need to provide a true 3D experience, especially in a contemporary context, so I am working on stereoscopic versions of the above sequences, as well as 3D categorical reels.