Afterimage: A Flicker of Life (version 1): film/video hybrid, in Chromadepth, 12 minutes, sound, 4:3, 2009
This version is a "Flat Version" To watch in 3D, please wear the appropriate chromadepth glasses
Afterimage: A Flicker of Life incorporates etchings, archival photographs, inter-titles, found footage and live action material to create cinematic sequences of motion analysis. Beginning with an animated wood-cut of a beating heart, Afterimage- A Flicker of Life traces a trajectory of 19th Century photographer Edweard Muybridge and scientist Étienne-Jules Marey's works using the artifacts that they left behind. Afterimage- a Flicker of Life is an homage to Muybridge and Marey, and a lyrical exploration of their motion studies providing a crucial link from still image to moving images and into the 21st Century using three-dimensional technology. Human beings are reduced to their gestures and movements in space becoming forms of pure colored light. Afterimage- A Flicker of Life employs graphic tracings to create kinesthetic inscriptions that speak to the physicality of working with the film medium in a self-reflexive way. It also alludes to Marey's graphical inscriptions by incorporating the sine wave, which makes visible patterns and which revolutionized our understanding of the physics of these phenomena. This technology is a direct descendent of the sphygmographe and other devices Marey invented that predate electro-cardiograms. The beating heart refers to Marey's desire to make internal processes visible to the naked eye. Afterimage: A Flicker of Life takes a whimsical approach to envisaging human locomotion by illuminating the traces of their presence. By expanding the two-dimensional moving images into three dimensions, "Afterimage ..."also uses the technology of stereoscopy which was invented more than fifty years before motion pictures as we know them to create a greater sense of forms re-animated in space. Afterimage is part of the Chromatic Cocktail Series.
Afterimage: A Flicker of Life was Funded by a Special Projects Grant From the Princess Grace Foundation- 2007
Afterimage: A Flicker of Life, Version 1 has a collage of Nurse with Wound recordings. Sound Design by: Kerry Laitala