HD Video Feedback Kinetic Sculpture: The God Machine (May, 2021)


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(This video is in 4K (3840 x 2160) - the images the device creates are still HD (1920 x 1080) - but maybe one day they'll be in 4K...)

 

The HD Video Feedback Kinetic Sculpture creates fractals and organic-looking images in real-time, without a computer: this is old-school video feedback. 

 

"It really is quite tangled...very impressive. Lots of wonderful fern-like stuff, also some jellyfish-like stuff, and the Sierpiński gasket now and then. Congratulations!" 

          - Douglas Hofstadter 

 

"I like what you are doing very much. It's fascinating. Reminds me of the days when I was playing - experimenting - discovering." 

          - Heinz-Otto Peitgen

 

This is part sculpture, part performance art, and may make the most complex video feedback ever created, using three cameras, two video switchers, a sheet of beam-splitter glass, and an HDMI input from a phone or live video feed.

Much like a musical instrument, the operator at the helm of this device plays it, but instead of making sounds, makes entire worlds, spirals within spirals, loops within loops, galaxies, classical fractal imagery and primordial organisms, leaves, trees, and insects. It really is the God machine.

When creating with it, hours can pass without noticing. It's deeply relaxing, and when you get into a groove, it's a kind of meditation.

I started this project a year ago, and did the first video shoot a month or so after (the video directly below this one). The device has evolved naturally since then, as have the images it can create. This is the most recent video, shot almost exactly one year to the day from the beginning.

I'd like to take this entire project even further though: redesign the structure, and create it entirely in metal. And, if possible, replace the high-definition monitors, cameras and switchers with 4K equipment. This would be very expensive to do, but the images would be even more amazing, and definitely never-before seen.

I would also like to put two Video Feedback Kinetic Sculptures side-by-side and have the output of each go to the input of each, so that two people can create together in concert, connected to each other, becoming one mind.

If you're interested in seeing this project taken to the next level, please contribute to the GoFundMe. If enough people put in just a little, this might just be possible...

Also - if you're interested in purchasing this entire art project, would like to commission something similar, or have a gallery or performance space you'd like to see it in, please let me know.


Read a review of the project by Rich Walkling

Watch an interpretation of the project by Rich Blundell

 

I'd like to thank David Kislin and Federico Baldeschi at JEL Developement ​for being nice enough to let me use one of their empty properties (free of charge, no less!) to make this video.

 Music: 

"3 Birds" by The Dead Weather

"Starless" by King Crimson 

"We Did it Again" by Bongwater 

Reverse Chronology

 

 

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