meanwhile is a generative media installation. The scans (micro-catures) are animated in real-time in TouchDesigner and projected on six 10' by 21" technical silk panels on which a full scan has been printed. Generative audio, synthesised sounds and recorded vocalizations from the artists, accompany. More details from our didactic text are below the video.
meanwhile is an example of scanning living and dying organic matter that prioritizes neither time nor space but rather blends them to delve into the experience of memory, being and change.
In any particular moment, we are composed of multiplicities of time re-enacted by memory. The present contains the past and the seeds of the future. Just as memory infuses the present, influenced by immediate and past experience of flux, rhythm, colour, our reconstituted scans are never experienced in exactly the same way twice and yet reflect multiple presents of our scanned subjects, each one as true as the other.
The eye of the machine plays a unique role in this work. A scanner does not see as a human eye sees, or even as typical handheld camera sees. It has a roving perspective that creates a somewhat flattened image. The scanner also has a very shallow depth of field further creating a sense of myopic interest hovering between alienation and intimacy.
The sound blends the voices of the scanner and the chickpeas. A 40 pixel by 40 pixel sample from the animated reconstituted image is analyzed and used to synthesize the scanner's voice. The chickpea voices are the artists' vocalized imaginings of the beingness of the chickpeas and their environment.