Stills In Motion

A room with a view. The hotel is called Alagare, at the station. The city is Lausanne in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
It’s also a room with a soundscape. The sound of trains arriving and departing, a loud, screeching noise. There are announcements over the PA system. There are birds flying in and out of the view, adding their chirping to the soundscape. There are a few people, but we don’t hear them.
The pace of the story is slow. Perhaps calling it a story is not right. It is an irregular sequence of various types of trains passing through. 
If it makes you yawn, that may be a good sign. You are relaxing, there is not much for the busy mind to ponder, and so it helps with mindfulness and mindlessness, both desirable states at times.
There is also something reassuring about what is happening. It is utterly predictable, though there is no regular pattern.
And then there is something beautiful about it. Nothing obvious - no interesting architecture, no trees or flowers, no good people watching. All I can say is that it is an overall quality that somehow emerges. But I can’t say what it is.
If you feel this is just a boring, lengthy video, of a normal train station filmed with an unchanging frame for the entire duration, you are of course right.

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Stills In Motion (SIM) is a concept designed to combine elements of traditional framed art and the new possibilities of video. SIMs retain the "permanent frame" character of traditional paintings, drawings, and photos. But they differ in allowing all…


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Stills In Motion (SIM) is a concept designed to combine elements of traditional framed art and the new possibilities of video. SIMs retain the "permanent frame" character of traditional paintings, drawings, and photos. But they differ in allowing all the dynamic elements of video to play in that frame. Unlike in most videos, the camera itself does not move, though subject, light, focus, etc. can move/change in SIMs.

Clearly, the SIM concept is not completely new, but coining it and bringing together work under that rubric may be fun and stimulate more work along those lines. Related Groups are the "1 minute project" and "The Pictures Don't Move," many of which have already been added to this Channel.

So what is the same and what is different in the criteria of the Stills in Motion Channel?

THE SAME as in the 1 minute project and "The Pictures don't move" Group is:
1. No camera movement (zoom, pan, ...)
DIFFERENT in SIM is:
2. Editing is fine. It is not required, but also not discouraged.
3. No restrictions on sound. No sound, original sound, created sound are all fine.
4. Duration of 1 minute or less.

You are invited to add any videos that fit this profile to the Vimeo GROUP "Stills in Motion."

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