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A performance experiment consisting of nearly 3
hours of home video footage arranged in an edit timeline and
manually scrubbed at high speed in an attempt to generate random
sensory impressions similar to memory fragments within the viewer's
mind from which a personal subliminal narrative can be derived,
similar to that of a recovering amnesia patient.
This second installment of the Detour series invites the viewer to revisit the perceptual experiment conducted in Detour 1 only instead of presenting the images in a rapid succession, here they are slowly fragmented almost like a puzzle occasionally coming together to form complete images. The video consists of footage acquired with a computer screen recording program which captured the visual distortion generated when a tape containing alternate takes of the Detour 1 performance was fast forwarded through a tape deck while the signal was still being fed back into the computer. The new recording which resulted was then slowed down considerably, broken into clips and slowly dissolved between one another using a variety of transitions and blending modes available within Final Cut Pro.
Like Detour 1, the resulting video was then “performed” by scrubbing the playback marker back and forth across the edit timeline in order to ‘shuffle the puzzle pieces’ only this time it is also allowed to roll naturally for extended periods. The soundtrack consists of an acoustic guitar improvisation recorded in my backyard with nature and city noises in the background.
A Requiem for the Cathode Ray Tube
A remix of the first two installments of the Detour series, in this
version all previous visual and conceptual associations are broken
down as the mashed-up video fades and shifts between three different
perspectives: 1.) the reedited source images as seen directly from
the computer timeline 2.) the screen surface of an old CRT
television monitor filmed with a macro lens as it plays back the
aforementioned images 3.) the same television as seen from the
vantage point of an ordinary viewer sitting in a common living room.
The resulting perceptual muddle is an attempt to disorient the
viewer in a way that causes them to question their own role as an
observer as well as the ways in which media inherently distorts
those observations, whether it be through the manipulative voyeurism
of reality television, clinical surveillance via closed-circuit
monitor or the simple distraction of enjoying the pretty flickering
lights emitted by the machine.