Photographic Monument

Vanderbilt Republic partnered with K2imaging again for this years’s Art From the Heart all-media art show, to create a massive outdoor video projection — the Photographic Monument — this time on the construction mesh below the Gowanus F/G train viaduct in Brooklyn.

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Mark Kleback and I wrote a Max/Jitter patch which would randomly cycle through all photo submissions to the show, and allow the viewer to tweak how the images interact with the environment. We used a controller that Mark built for video mixing, with four switches and four knobs.

The photos showed up on top of a background image which you could select with the controller. They were video loops which I’d shot from the F and G trains, abstract shapes, a cascade of all the photos, and a blown-up version of the photo that was being displayed. Other controls affected size, blending mode, and brightness/contrast/saturation.

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You could stand at the controls and see the monument through the window. The projector was massive. The deer was impressed.

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Thanks to George Del Barrio for inviting us to participate. Also check out my Déjà View Master which premiered at the show.