WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS STROBING
A four-minute experimental animation, created through the manipulation of a flat bed scanner.
Being a huge admirer of the work of Norman McLaren, Len Lye, and Stan Brakhage, the idea of creating a film without the use of a camera has always been something I've found interesting, however the idea of using a scanner to do so, didn't occur to me until one day when I was scanning items in for another project, and I accidentally scanned my fingers. I immediately began to experiment, distorting images of myself and objects in as many ways as possible.
Once deciding to set about making a film using the methods, I contacted a close friend, Matthew De Kersaint Giraudeau, to compose a soundtrack I could work with, requesting he only use sounds that could be captured from the exact same scanner.
Months of repeatedly scanning my face followed, and not long after the completion of the film I was hospitalised with 'stroke-like' symptoms, after finding myself unable to speak or compose my thoughts. The doctors were unable to fully diagnose my condition, but I believe it may have had something to do with jamming my head in a scanner on a daily basis and gazing directly at the scanning beam, so it's not something I can recommend trying yourself! Fear not however, after a few days in the tropical diseases ward I made a full recovery (I think).