The video captures use found, accidental glitches and encoding errors to create the aesthetics you see here. Glitch software is not used to create these effects. The layers of video are a mix of deliberate and chance captures from various sources (local urban scenes, glitching television screens, projected films on a wall) using an iPhone video camera.
My code-driven animations are akin to performances. They consist of video, still image and ActionScript3 code compiled in Adobe Animate CC to manipulate the visual content in real-time.
The animations in their original state can play forever: constantly changing layers, blends and movement never display the same sequence of pixels. Each time the animation is launched, it plays differently within certain parameters written in the code.
The original animated artworks from this series look like video, but are in fact non-linear, endless, performed, digital pieces. The video displayed here is but one capture of a “performed” animation at a given place and time - in this case, in Melbourne on 30/05/2016.
Emmy Hennings was a Dada artist, poet, performer, instrumental in the creation and running of the Cabaret Voltaire. She is often ignored in Dada histories and her own history is fascinating. I recently read some of her poetry (translated from the German by William Seaton), which formed the impetus to create this piece. The following lines are from her poem "Ether Stanzas":
"I mix myself in every dream,
A thousand looks and each I know."
*one of the video layers in this piece contains fragments from a film titled "Carnival of Souls" (1962), projected on a wall and captured with an iPhone camera. Carnival of Souls is available for free use on archive.org. All other content is my own and all content has been filmed with an iPhone camera.