More Fun with Time Distortion at Your Kontinent Festival.
Tonight was the closing night for Your Kontinent 2014. It was a blast—huge thanks to all the organizers, artists, performers, and of course the friendly volunteers. Was great to see the Loco Moto Art Collective’s lanterns and projection pieces. So much to see!
Oh, and I had to laugh when I realized that last photo is so yellow because the computer running the installation had done a reboot at some point so f.lux was running. For those of you who don’t know, f.lux slowly turns your screen a yellowish-orange, getting rid of the cold brights that keep you awake at night.
That’s twice I’ve seen f.lux pop up in long-running projection installations. (-:
Time’s Turn Process: Safety Measures.
Since this was the first time I was setting up an art installation more than just a day or two, I had to make sure I had some fallbacks in place if things went wrong. A lot of this was just redundancy: I got a spare projector bulb, a spare PS3 Eye camera, and extra batteries all hidden in the installation itself.
I was also wary of having the projector in the small confines of the turntable stand. The air intakes are on the sides of the projector so it air flow wasn’t as good as usual. I installed a couple computer fans picked up at Lee’s Electronics for less than $10 each to help get some cool air in there. That will help prevent the projector from overheating and shutting down and will preserve bulb life as much as possible.
Time Distortion + Video Feedback.
Paul Wong was having quite a bit of fun with the Time Distortion Machine at the Your Kontinent Festival opening. He was trying to angle his phone so that the PS3 Eye camera was looking at his phone screen and his phone camera was shooting the projection. So I thought, why not point the PS3 Eye directly at the projection and get a time distorted video feedback loop?
I didn’t leave it that way for the installation but I’m definitely going to have to play with this idea some more. There is always a delay inherent in doing this and if I can control how the pixels enter and exit the feedback loop I might be able to use that as the buffer for the temporal video distortion. It’s going to take some thinking and a lot of messing around. And it’s going to be fun.
Time’s Turn Process: Magnets.
The walls of the shipping container were magnetic and I took huge advantage of this for mounting everything. I used them to hang small polaroid photos, the PS3 Eye USB camera, a clock, and the exacto knife when I wasn’t using it.
When taping the magnets to the back of the clock I kept them in their package to avoid getting duct tape residue all over them.
Time’s Turn Process: Concept Sketch.
This drawing isn’t too pretty compared to some of the gorgeous concept art you see out there but it helped me think about the space of the shipping container and what I wanted to do with it. I was pretty excited when, months after the sketch, I found a pair of stands on Craigslist with similar legs and just the right dimensions to hold the pair of turntables.
The lamp was an easier pick up at the thrift store along with a few other time-related objects. Having items from different time periods was important to me because this piece is really all about time.
Think I’ll collect interesting clocks for future installations of the time distortion machine.
Time’s Turn Process: Environment.
I found a free roll of floor insulation a couple years ago and used it for a few random things like mounting LEDs in this prototype.
Finally had a reason to use a lot more of it for the Time’s Turn installation. The wooden flooring of the shipping container I had to work with wasn’t pretty and took away from the aesthetic I was looking for. Having a white floor and walls makes the space look just a little bit futuristic similar to movies like Moon and Oblivion. That contrasted really well with the antiquated and obsolete objects I had strewn about in the installation, helping to make them seem even more out of place.
Time’s Turn at Your Kontinent Opening.
The opening was a success! Had a great time watching visitors play with the installation, chatting with other artists, and getting ideas and feedback on the piece. It was only the first day and already on the way home I was madly sketching out possibilities for the next piece!
The Setup for Time’s Turn at Your Kontinent Festival.
Took a couple days to get everything setup in my shipping container for Your Kontinent 2014. Covered the ugly wood floor with some some underlay to emphasize the feeling that the anachronistic objects strewn about are out of place (or time).
The items themselves are either part of the shipping container vibe (boxes and totes) or have some relationship to time (drum, clocks).