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This video is 4K (3840 x 2160) but the images the device creates are still HD (1920 x 1080). Maybe one day they'll be in 4K (go here to help me do this: gofundme.com/f/the-hd-video-feedback-kinetic-sculpture)
Check out another version of this video with different music: vimeo.com/628792813
If you'd like to help me continue to build this, please donate what you can at gofundme.com/f/the-hd-video-feedback-kinetic-sculpture. Take a look at the recent changes here: vimeo.com/583295530. I'd like to buy 4 more monitors and two more pieces of glass, so any donation is appreciated!
The HD Video Feedback Kinetic Sculpture creates fractals and organic-looking images in real-time, without a computer: this is old-school video feedback.
"It really is quite tangled...very impressive. Lots of wonderful fern-like stuff, also some jellyfish-like stuff, and the Sierpiński gasket now and then. Congratulations!"
- Douglas Hofstadter
"I like what you are doing very much. It's fascinating. Reminds me of the days when I was playing - experimenting - discovering."
- Heinz-Otto Peitgen
This is part sculpture, part performance art, and may make the most complex video feedback ever created, using three cameras, two video switchers, a sheet of beam-splitter glass, and an HDMI input from a phone or live video feed.
Much like a musical instrument, the operator at the helm of this device plays it, but instead of making sounds, makes entire worlds, spirals within spirals, loops within loops, galaxies, classical fractal imagery and primordial organisms, leaves, trees, and insects. It really is the God machine.
I started this project a year ago, and did the first video shoot a month or so after (youtu.be/wMeV98BHLVE). The device has evolved naturally since then, as have the images it can create. This is the most recent video, shot almost exactly one year to the day from the beginning.
If you'd like to show the Device as an installation in your gallery, at an event, or commission a video feedback device, contact me at davEditor@gmail.com.
Forward Chronology of the entire project here: walkswithdave.tumblr.com/tagged/videofeedbackkineticsculpture/chrono
Reverse Chronology of the entire project here: walkswithdave.tumblr.com/tagged/videofeedbackkineticsculpture
"3 Birds" by The Dead Weather
"Starless" by King Crimson
"We Did it Again" by Bongwater
I'd like to thank David Kislin and Federico Baldeschi at JEL Developement - jeldevelopment.com - for being nice enough to let me use one of their empty properties (free of charge, no less!) to make this video.
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