Elastic Screen I-III is an interactive application and part of the Toolkit for Elastic Understanding. These tools were developed to evoke another way of thinking beyond the regulated, controlled routines in which we live and how we function nowadays. The program facilitates the recalibration of our vision and our thinking. The onscreen application questions our preference for rectangular screen shapes, standardized aspect ratios and high-definition image resolutions. In order to provoke and enable another kind of logic, the application manipulates and distorts the video signal of live feed material, images and videos according to incoming factors such as sound level, time values, seasons, water level or power consumption.
These factors influence pre-formatted standard sizes for common screen formats from 4 to 3, 5 by 4, 16 to 9 and 16 to 10. Mode III - blur mode - subverts the notions of autofocus. The automatic adjustment of the camera lens focussing on a respective area is undermined as the image gets blurred and softened.
The application challenges our industrialized viewing patterns, which comply with general image conventions in consumer culture. In this sense the application is a tool for the diffraction of our habitual ways of doing and seeing. It introduces interferences in order to reveal unnoticed areas and sensitizes our perception for volatile and uncontrollable features pointing to the fragility of our world.
Thanks to Yoann Trellu for MaxMSP work. Thanks to Andrea and Frank for collaboration.