OK I just updated the page and files.
This is the latest, almost done.
Check out the work in progress here. It’ll probably take a while to load.
I am working on large format archival prints this summer/fall from the behemoth formerly known as The Friend Feeder, now to be titled Mesocosm (Northumberland). Thanks Timothy Morton for introducing me to the term. Morton, ‘dark ecologist’ looking at literature, ambient poetics, ecocriticism (and more), authored two texts I find really clarifying and expansive: the book Ecology without Nature , and an amazing essay, Queer Ecology. He also keeps two blogs:
I’m ready enough to post this work in progress of a new animation project, The Friend Feeder.
The Friend Feeder is based on the figure of Leigh Bowery from a painting by Lucien Freud. He’s a sort of ür British green man, watching out over the moors of Northumberland.
Using a probability system, non-linear animated sprites come and go from the stage. Ultimately, all four seasons will unfold over a 146 hour long cycle.
If you click on the link, a file will load that shows summer only – disregard the time stamp at the top of the frame. It begins at midnight.
It’s still fairly buggy – but it’s running. There are day animals and night animals, and some weather input at the moment. The man is stationary, until I film reference footage of the inimitable Lawrence Goldhüber this week.
Here’s some information on the project:
While a Resident artist at Eyebeam Art + Technology in New York this fall, I began developing a non-linear animation system with software artist Jeff Crouse; we are almost finished building the shell of a Flash ActionScript based system that will allow me direct input of animation components.
Actually, we started on this in 2008 as an OpenFrameworks project. But after a year or so, realized it was too much like emulating Flash. So heeeere we are.
In this first incarnation of the work, I am building a very long animated cycle that represents one year of real time: animated objects are placed on a stage, and code determines the frequency and order of their appearance. No cycle is identical to the last, because the appearance of characters and seasonal weather are based on probability. One year of narrative time is condensed into a 146-hour cycle:
From The Times Online, 2005.
There are three proposals: a street food cart serving invasive species; a garden feeder in human form; and an animated diptych. In addition, I have proposed a banquet of edible invasive species set on the high moors, pleine aire, in reformation style.
Animation test clips:
I’ve been meaning to post this – I think maybe I was initially horrified but my standards are slipping.
It is awful– so UK peeps, you’ve lost it. Forget all you squirrel purists:
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