“Pattern Portraits: Amsterdam” is a live cinematic performance for one performer controlling both audio and video. Behind this composition lies four five-minute glimpses into the daily traffic pattern on a specific street in Amsterdam. Traffic is yet another form of natural pattern, a bi-product of the convergence of human habit, necessity and desire. Behind each movement is a narrative, a thread of information.
The original video was shot using the back of a bicycle as a tripod. In each location, five minutes of video were recorded from this perspective. A real time analysis of the resulting video produces pattern data used as control information for audio and video. All of the audio and video is derived from the city.
As the five-minute videos play, the patterns derived from traffic work to provide the form and rhythms around which the performer works improvising with video and sound.
Audio effects video.
Video effects audio.
Performance effects film.
Film effects performance.