Paul Emery is an associate senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University and he is also the director of Seen. Seen is a digital design studio and collaborative research platform engaged in the fields of graphic, motion and installation design via computational and process orientated methods. Outputs have ranged from large scale projection systems and generative media to experimental film and educational workshops. Their work has been featured at Sonar, Cannes Lyons, Chicago Experimental Film Fest and Onedotzero.
Joe Gilmore (1968) is a multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer working in the fields of computer music, video and algorithmic art. His work has been published on various music labels including 12k and LINE (NYC), Fällt (Belfast), Cut (Zürich), Alku (Barcelona), Melange (Sendai), Entr'acte (London) and Leonardo Music Journal (San Francisco). Gilmore is co-creator of rand()%, an automated internet radio station which streams realtime generative/algorithmic music and founder of Qubik, a type-focused design studio in London.
"Motion, Change, Presence" is formulated as an open platform for dialogue on which to create new work, that is going to be presented during PAF. Have you ever dealt with a category of animation in an expanded field of its articulation in between moving image, sound, performance, installation and object ?
Joe: I have worked with sound and video for various media including performance, installation and screening. Paul and I have worked collaboratively on several projects together, usually involving sound and video. Some of these have dealt with video at the temporal level of the frame, which is of course closely related to animation. For example, our video piece 'Hypersensitive', produced in collaboration with Jim Brouwer and Alex Peverett, deals with the rapid repetition of very short durations of video. This piece was commissioned originally as an installation for five television monitors but it has also been screened as a video. We also collaborated on a live generative sound and projection installation called 'Implicate Order' using two screens and six speakers. In this piece the video and audio was computer-generated. Our collaborative work deals with generative systems and the relationship between image and sound.
Did you begin with some concept, that consciously limited the form of this project for you?
Joe: Yes, totally. The process started with a discussion on the subject of time and also change in relation to film. We both have an interest in artists' film and video from the 1970s and also conceptual art from that time. There were two works that I think became significant to the starting point for our piece. The first was Tony Conrad's film 'The Flicker' which consists of just black and white frames. The other was an artwork by Roman Ondák called 'His Affair with Time' (2003), which I came across in a book I was reading called 'The Quick and the Dead'. This piece consists of two photographs of the hallway in Ondák's apartment where he had documented the growth of his son by making marks on a doorframe. The two photographs were taken an unspecified duration of time apart but appear identical. I like how this piece deals with the passage of time, ambiguity and also change. It was clear to us almost right from the beginning that we would make a video limiting ourselves to just two frames and explore this somehow.
Is there an ideal space for the presentation of this project (or it is variable)?
Paul: For me, the work exists in the systems we have built to create the work. For the video I have constructed a system which is able to generate continuous amounts of video from two frames of footage. I am recording a specific amount of this output which will make up the visual content of our PAF screening. Joe has constructed a similar system and will "perform" the audio live in accompaniment to the visual element. However, this is simply one interpretation of the piece. It could equally work as an installation, DVD, performance or other format. However, the system we have constructed is the element which is fixed. however the format of presentation is adaptable to new circumstances and situations.
single channel video with live sound; approximate duration: 15 minutes.