Computational axis image shifting. Based on: Man Ray, Cactus, 1943
Animated Gif. Based on: Man Ray, Belle Haleine, 1920
With my limited French language knowledge, I decided that the woman in the branding was called “Haleine” and she could be more beautiful. (Although I don’t think that’s her name…, sometimes, it’s good to be ignorant so I can get lost. Is that Duchamp in disguise? )
These days, beautifying or changing our external appearances is easily achievable with just a few clicks on a mobile app. I wonder what the dada/conceptual artists of 100 years ago would think about today’s technology and its implication on ready made.
For this work, I wanted to take on the ready made concept, so I mostly used freely available mobile apps and their effect. I was quite amazed how much I was able to get done on mobile apps only…!
Following is the list of software I used to create the work.
1. Photoshop (Mac) – Edited the original text to “Plus Belle Haleine”
2. Snow (Mobile app) – Added animated filters to her face. Haleine’s face was recognized via Snow app’s face recognition technology. I displayed an edited image from photoshop on a computer screen, then fixed my mobile phone (with a front facing camera) to detect the face. Since only one filter was applicable at a time, I filmed several times with a same angle.
3. Splice (Mobile app) – Composited multiple videos together, changed the overall color tone of the video and sped it up
4. Video Crop (Mobile app) – The original video taken via “Snow” app shows its logo on the bottom, so I used this app to crop the logo and other unwanted parts out.
5. Giphy.com (WebSite) – Created a logo-free gif file
Animated Gif. Based on: Man Ray, Non euclidean object, 1932; Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Untitled, 1927, and Self-Portrait 1926; Magazine Cover: 391 New York, March 1917.
“Grenade fired into the bunker of Cartesian thought, using the platonic tools of measurement employed by the Empire. Non Euclidean, Absurdist Dance of Afro-Quantum Futurism“. Tyler Kline
JPG file. Based on: Man Ray, Cactus, 1943
Patrick Lichty chose Man Ray’s 1943 Cactus, and with the switching of two letters, updated it for the internet as “Catcus”, also referring to Kurt Scwitters’ 1923 “DadaCats”. The subtitle is the resulting image’s results on Microsoft’s CaptionBot, which seemed amazingly suited to the piece.
Patrick Lichty is an Intermedia artist, curator, and theorist exploring how media shape our perception of reality. He is best known for his work with the virtual reality performance art group Second Front, and the animations with the activist group, The Yes Men. He is a CalArts/Herb Alpert Fellow and Whitney Biennial exhibitor as part of the collective RTMark. He has presented and exhibited internationally at numerous biennials and triennials (Yokohama, Venice, Performa, Maribor, Turin, Sundance), and conferences (ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Popular Culture Association, SLSA, SxSW). His recent book, “Variant Analyses: Interrogations of New Media Culture” was released by the Institute for Networked Culture, and is included in the Oxford Handbook of Virtuality.
Animated Gif, databending + screen recording + file format conversion. Based on: Man Ray, Belle Haleine, 1920
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Digital image. Based on: Lázló Moholy-Nagy, Mord auf den Schienen, 1925.
“I took Lázló Moholy-Nagy Mord auf den Schienen, 1925 and reused the circular spaces to accentuate the feeling of being a murder target, adding imagery of my own projects. I like to investigate how images are able to re-condition attitudes towards politics and morality. The shift of meaning from “Schienen” towards “Screen” adds another layer of semantic ambiguity to it”. Andreas Agam