Some brief Halloween public video art.

A quick Halloween experiment: Psycho Unraveled. West LA, 10/31/12.

“Unraveling” the famous Psycho shower scene. Rather than the characters being juxtaposed sequentially on a single movie screen, they have separate physical spaces behind a pair of apartment windows. “Unraveling” Psycho’s linear screen space allows us to put the film’s separate, “face-to-face” character shots on-screen at the same time. But editing the “unraveled” film calls for a different approach than simply cutting the individual character shots together and running them on adjacent screens. Using extended cinema space opens up opportunities for narrative to extend its use of space, rhythm, and negative space as cinematic devices. It clearly also affects the context of the film: Does the Psycho murder seem more misogynistic or less so when it’s projected behind the curtains of an apartment instead of a movie or TV screen?

“Psycho Unraveled” is a first experiment in unraveling linear cinema for spatial presentation. It was presented as unannounced public art on Halloween 2012 in the Palms district of Los Angeles. Since the visuals are hard to make out in the documentation, you can see a composite of the source videos as they ran in the show here.

“Psycho Unraveled” is part of my sabbatical research at iotaCenter.

Psycho Unraveled. West LA, 10/31/12 from Amy Alexander on Vimeo.

New project! Videos by People: Voting Stories

I’ve got a new project: Videos by People. Actually it’s an experiment to see if not-so-well-connected individuals can band together get their video stories told. Will you help by submitting a short video (and sharing the link)? The first topic is called Voting Stories. Here’s my voting story, which prompted me to start the site.

Videos can be short and simple, and it’s (I hope) very easy to upload a video directly to the votingstories YouTube channel. It’d be awesome if you’d send a video, and if you’d also help by sharing that be ueberwonderful… Thanks!!!!

Discotrope upcoming shows at Zero1 (San Jose) and ISEA (Albuquerque)

We’ll be performing Discotrope in San Jose at the Zero1 Biennial (e)MERGE Street Festival on Sept. 14th (starting when it gets dark), joined by Frankie Martin (UCSD) and Zaoli Zhong (Syracuse.) Then it’s on to Albuquerque for the ISEA2012 Downtown Block Party on Sept. 23rd, starting also at gettin’-dark-time.

Mayukh Sen at Zero1 has written this article about Discotrope. And Geeta Dayal at Wired has written about us in Wired’s Zero1 Preview. Thanks Mayukh and Geeta!

iotaCenter Los Angeles – Artist-in-Residence

I’ve started my sabbatical residency at the highly-awesome iotaCenter in LA. This fall I’ll be researching new work in gestural and spatial cinematic performance – and also hoping to get involved in organizing some interesting events. First though, getting ready for Discotrope performances in downtown San Jose at Zero1 on Sept. 14th and in downtown Albuquerque at ISEA Machine Wilderness at the Block Party on Sept. 23rd. More details on those to follow!

Discotrope: New demo video and text!

Annina Rüst and I have finished a new demo video for Discotrope. You can see how the project’s come along and get a sneak peak of Cristyn Magnus’s magic generative sound design. And we’ve also written a little text. We’re almost ready to perform now, so if you know someplace that might enjoy some nocturnally solar-powered semi-zoetropically live audiovisual performance, please let us know!