Public Space: Concept Updates

Photoshop Mockup
The Train Station Facade

Hey Guys,

So – an update about my public space project @ C-MD.

Presentation & Further Reading
I gave a presentation about this project in school. If you’re interested, you can take a look at it here. Be warned however: this thing is not designed to work online – so give it some time to load all the images and so forth. You can navigate using the arrow buttons on your keyboard.

I read up on other work done using slitscan techniques, and somebody on the Processing Forum directed me to this webpage containing a wealth of information on the subject.

The most interesting piece of information was the work and words of Romy Achituv. They are really close to the ideas and execution that i’m doing here.

With each consecutive video frame, the image advances one pixel to the right, leaving behind a trace of the previous recorded segment. This simple capture technique creates images in which the conventions of representing Motion and Stasis are reversed. Whereas motionless elements will appear as a series of streaks across the screen, moving images – crossing the camera’s visual scope – are reconstructed as a “scanned?? imprint, appearing as discrete and discernable objects. Representational space in these images is nullified and replaced by Time, mapped onto a spatial axis. Moving the camera at varying speeds creates images with various densities of space.

Further Concept Toughts
On one level, it’s a way to radiate the character of the train station to the outside of the building. In this way, we establish a true “train station neighbourhood” that was not present before. I already outlined this idea in my previous post.

On another level, this installation can be seen as a way to educate people about the space they are in. This slitscan image shows the space behind the trainstation remapped on an axis of time. You can, however, learn to read this image, and find out what is happening at the train station just by looking at it.

If this would ever turn into a real implementation at the train station – i would like to change the visualisation of of that same space after a certain amount of time.

Instead of remapping time on a space axis, experiment with deformation of video image based on the vibration of the station floor (train arriving, people walking) or a visualisation of cellphone or wifi usage in the area.

So always showing the same space but putting emphasis on the different layers that compose it.

In an utopian version I would like to guerilla-project the slitscan on the facade of the Train Station – not only giving it a new face on a conceptual, but also on an almost megalomanic visual level. See the mockup at the beginning of this post.

The real implementation, however, will consist out of the live-feed of a slitscan of a miniature train in one room – with the actual train, explanation of a concept and an mockup of the utopian installation in another. Thereby enabling the idea of “learning” people to read an abstract illustration of an actual space in an exhibition room.


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