Created for andthenoneday.org as a "Narrative Embarkation".
We were given 3 objects and asked to tell a story inspired by them.
Our piece is an audio/video visualization creating a colorful, abstract 3D environment using different pieces of footage and breaking them apart into pixels. Our idea was to visualize the macro and micro of the universe and humanity using pieces of stock footage and everyday sounds. It is a colorful journey accompanied by atmospheric music and sound design.
We used 100 unique pieces of footage to create our digital world. The images were then broken up into small particles and animated based first on their brightness and later by the intensity of the music. Each clip forms a 3 dimensional landscape for our virtual camera to explore. All of the colors are native to the clips we used and combine when overlapped to create brilliant textures.
We were inspired by the objects that were given us in several key ways. The round plastic piece represented patterns and order in the macro and micro of the universe. The farther you zoom out into space and zoom into the microscopic, the more similarities that are seen. We decided to untether from a concrete objective message and shoot more for the abstract. Our goal was to make something you can watch over and over on loop and see new things each time. We would also be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the influence of early Windows 95 screensavers.
The metal ruler with the phases of the moon represented time and the human gift/curse of measuring it. The music contains a slow build as it grows in complexity alongside the visuals. This was meant to give a sense of time as it rises, falls, and the images repeat.
The telegram was by far the most specific of the objects we were given. It immediately brings images to mind of a man in a fedora sending his love a strong but regretful farewell. She receives the message from her Bogartian gentleman. Perhaps at the same time he is thinking about her as he stares out a train window, his fedora pulled down over his brow… Anyway, this was the emotional/relational element for us. We may all just be full of tiny particles riding through the universe on particle in a sea of even smaller particles as every last moment slips away from our feeble consciousness; but love makes us human, dammit. Musically we tip our fedoras to the human elements with claps, stomps, and vocals mixed in to add a distinct human connection to our piece.
This project has been an exploration above all else. We wanted to create an environment where the colors and sounds created their own living patterns. The music and imagery are meant to let the mind drift as it searches for something familiar.