Original resolution: 5760 × 3240; 5 minutes (infinite loop); 2016
Sound design by Stephen Farrell
Please visit vimeo.com/198004885 for the installation version of Midtown Flutter.
Social synchronization is a phenomenon where individuals within a group influence one another’s behavioral patterns. For Midtown Flutter, I shot a variety of architecture in midtown Manhattan, allowing passersby to interrupt the scene. By selecting and then composing the video footage according to the formal qualities of the architecture within the scene, the architecture in turn dictates the patterns and flow of the pedestrians. Midtown becomes a flattened, uniform construct for this play of texture, rhythm and interruptions.
Midtown Flutter is part of The Humors, a four-part video collage series exploring urban dispositions.
Note on The Humors: Ancient Greek philosophers wrote of four temperaments (or ‘humors’) that color all of creation: sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic. Urbanity is part of this creation, and also embodies versions of these dispositions. The Humors suggests urban behaviors and relationships, those of people and of the built environment itself.