BORGATE

MOSAIK MÉCANIQUE

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NOTES ON FILM 02

DOMINO

PIANO PHASE

I.E.

NOTES ON MAZY

NOTES ON FILM 01 ELSE

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TRAXDATA

SANTORA

PIANO PHASE

Video, 18 min, 2004
Composition: Steve Reich, 1967
Interpretation: D. R. Davis, M. Namekawa
DVD: images 4 music

The ars electronica invited several media artists to visualize minimalistic music from the 1960s for the DVD compilation "images 4 music." The video is a precise translation of Steve Reich´s Piano Phase into series of images.

The number of film loops used corresponds to the number of notes in the composition, and the black-and-white film sequences are pervaded with monochrome fields of primary colors. The picture is divided into two identically sized sections. Analogously to the playing of the two pianos, the two halves of the on-screen imagery are played at slightly different speeds, thus with dynamic asynchrony. This dialectic study thematizes phenomena such as "chaos and order" and "difference and repetition."

 

 
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