FIELD OF VIEW
part of the MAE- Motion Aftereffect series
Video | Motion Capture | Performance:
Freya Björg Olafson
Sound: Emma Hendrix
Costume: Wanda Farian
4k video | 11m12s
Installation / screening / live performance
A web camera feed is manipulated through the game development software called ‘Unity’ to create an effect that freezes video frames and continuously prints new moving frames atop the previous, as a result creating painting trails from movement on camera. This painting effect is a reference to the early 2000s visual aesthetic of Brody Condon’s video game work ‘Adam Killer’ (1999) and a common Windows XP (2001 – 2008) system error that would generate the same trail effect using the computer’s search windows and cursors as a paintbrush. The formal composition of 'Field of View' references the primary-colored shapes that became a signature of the Bauhaus Movement; as well as the work of Bauhaus associated artist Oskar Schlemmer, who augmented and extended the human form through sculptural costumes and formal choreographic explorations of space and time.
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Distributed by: VIDEO POOL MEDIA ARTS CENTER
Freya acknowledges the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council; the AR/VR Artist Research Residency Pilot organized by Oregon Story Board, Eyebeam and Upfor Gallery in Portland as well as the 13th Annual Montréal Choreographic Workshop. In 2017 this work was developed through the CounterPulse (San Francisco) ‘Artist Residency Commissioning Program’ with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and the Ken Hempel Fund for the Arts. In 2018 the work was developed through a residency at Oboro in Montréal as well as Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg in 2019.
October 2021 Cairo Video Festival - Cairo, Egypt
Oct 30 - Nov 3rd 2019 Prairie Theatre Exchange
(Olafson and Lise McMillan performed this work live with a web camera on stage as part of the work MÆ - Motion Aftereffect).