As a street skater, dancer and performance artist I have always felt challenged to show the street as I see it and pass through it. The turning of heads, the engagement with pedestrians and the uniqueness of my experience in public space. The inspiration for this work was to not only capture what was happening in front of me but what happened in my wake. To share this seamlessly was my goal. This video is an excerpt from several versions and locations of the Bench project. The results of my rig making and capture were designed to be shown as a six screen projection surround installation. The 360 degree capture rig that I created for this purpose was at the heart of the creative process, the performances with the rig were both creative and utilitarian in nature. The installation process for a gallery context was technically challenging but also rewarding in its final result. This footage is a composite to a single screen of the six channel surround pictured below. So about the rig. The rig consists of a six recording deck + 6 micro-camera arrangement. 6 dirt cheap mini-dv SD camcorders were packed inside a suitcase and set to playback mode with record enabled and aux input cable secured with gaff. The image feed to these camcorders was provided by tiny Sony color micro-cameras (500 lines ) mounted into the corners and sides of the suitcase. The corner mounted micro-cameras were given tiny cutouts to the face of the suitcase for an extremely wide angle view. A deep cell marine battery with converter was secured at the base of the case and powered all 12 of the cameras along with the two wireless microphones. This effort costing under 1600 dollars resulted in a dynamic low budget 360 degree capture rig. The whole rig was then placed on an Earthboard consisting of very fat wheels and a large deck with tight trucks to control sway. When the case was mounted on the board bungie cords criss-crossed the case to keep its orientation intact. To move the skateboard with the suitcase secured to it I used a pair of modified rocker-bottom crutches to push while straddling the case, sometimes standing sometimes sitting. In the video you can see that I am sitting when the crutches become visible. This is probably the only video capture of street skating in 360 degrees performed with this degree of "in situ" visuals that has been executed at this price point. for more information on my art you can see this work in all of its variations at whatiswhat.com. the images of the case here are actually from another earlier version of BENCH. The flaw in this design was using an epoxy to mount the cameras instead of a physical mount. The cameras heat up and shift in the epoxy or simply overheat and die. I have images of this camera rigging but they are not on flickr yet so this is just a reference to how it was done.

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