Mindhue Studio

Printmaking, conceptual and installation art

New Icosacomposite Project: Cinema Icosacomposites

A while back I was playing with averaging and time-based media, and came up with Average Cinema, which are movies averaged frame-by-frame into a single field of color and then played as an installation. Because of difficulties in encoding color-field imagery using DVD and other area-based compression schemes, I haven’t posted the Average Cinema pieces on the Internet yet. (It also didn’t help I was trying to render them on a dual-1MHz silver-door PowerMac G4, which was an awesome machine in its time, but not as much these days.) I’ve figured out a better way to save them, and this i7 iMac should be able to churn through them pretty well, so I should be uploading them soon.

All this is a huge aside to the current project, which takes the feature-film deconstruction of Average Cinema and adds it to the multilayer ghostliness of the Video Icosacomposite. Welcome to Cinema Icosacomposites, in which a feature film is compressed into 1/20th of its running time by squishing it into 20 layers.

My first Average Cinema was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but the workhorse of the set was 2001: A Space Odyssey, mostly because it’s something of a cultural touchstone, has weird parts that resonate with different people, and because Kubrick deliberately used various color palettes for different parts. (Also, because I happen to like it.) I also saved each average frame as a pixel and ran them all together into a 16:9 pixel composite. So an icosacomposite was pretty much inevitable.

As with the other icosacomposites, the film was layered on itself 20 times, and these layers were blended together with the soundtrack. The run time has been reduced to 7 minutes and 6 seconds, from 222 minutes and 45 seconds. So, without much further ado, let me present Cinema Icosacomposite: 2001: A Space Odyssey.