Inspired by the philosophical elements underlying japanese traditional martial arts, Ai is the first of a trilogy (Ai-Ki-Do) of procedural video compositions. The photo and video material, taken by TeZ during a two weeks residency in Tokyo in 2004, is constantly recombined and mixed with newly created images and algorithmic vector animations. A process of masking also takes place, as such creating an interplay of dynamic shapes through which the video fragments are revealed. The installation unfolds over two screens, one more dynamic and cinematic, the other more static and meditative, reminiscent of a painting. The piece is complemented by an ever-changing soundtrack resulting as a layered mix of several ad-hoc created short compositions. This work investigates the possibility of rethinking video and cinema as a more organic blend of elements for non-linear storytelling and sensual ambience.

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