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Kurt Ralske - Alphaville and Zero Frames per Second
I have seen Kurt Ralske's work before while doing some research on time in art. His work is as aesthetically pleasing as it is intellectually stimulating. I had not seen excerpts from "Alphaville" until the other day and it was one of those works that made a great impression on me.
Above screen shots from " Alphaville" (from Motion-Extraction-Reanimation Series) (excerpt) 2008, Single-channel HD video by Kurt Ralske. The "Alphaville" project page is here. Be sure to watch the quicktime movie excerpt, it is very impressive.
He writes on the project page...'Shown here is a scene from Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville" (1965). The motions of the actors -- raising a coffee cup to the lips, hand gestures during conversation -- are revealed as surfaces, volumes, with organic and architectural qualities."
"This series has a dual function: it researches Time and the associated problem of Motion and Rest, and also reveals something about movies as cultural artifacts. The durational quality of the cinematic experience is seen in a different light."
Since I noticed Kurt writes all of his own software to create his works I asked Kurt to elaborate on his process and he wrote...
"To make my artwork, I use the Max/MSP/Jitter environment, but the
running inside Max. I don't feel the artwork deserves any extra
consideration because I know how to write code. The techniques are
secondary to the ideas. High art is sort of sexy; science fairs are
considerably less sexy. I'm interested in Time, and digital video
happens to offer some interesting possibilities for exploring and
researching Time. Time was a big concern for Muybridge in the 1870s
and the Futurists in the 1910 (as well as for Nietzsche and St.
Augustine). I think of what I'm doing as researching these sort of
ideas and questions that are rather old, not new (as in "new media")."
Coincidentally, Ralske is having a print show in NYC at the School of Visual Arts(SVA) in NYC. The press release is below. If you are in NYC you should check it out. It should be a good one. Below is the press release and flyer.
Kurt Ralske: "Zero Frames per Second"
August 18 September 12, 2008
Reception: Wednesday, August 27, 6 8pm
MFA Computer Art Gallery
School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents "Zero Frames per Second," an exhibition of digital prints, slides, and video by MFA Computer Art Department faculty member Kurt Ralske. The exhibition reflects the artist's engagement with the restructuring of time based media and will be on view from August 18 September 12, at the MFA Computer Art Gallery, 132 West 21st Street, 7th Floor, New York City.
Kurt's large-format prints take a new look at the way we view film by transforming an entire movie using self-programmed custom software. He reinterprets the work of Godard, Kubrick, Murnau and others by presenting each film as a single image. Within these images the cinematic experience is freed from duration, narrative, and signification, producing a visually abstract record of the information from the 150,000 or so frames per film. One set of prints represent only the motion that occurs within a film, while another represents only what was motionless within the film.
Kurt Ralske's video installations, performances, digital prints and software art have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Los Angeles MOCA, and the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels. He created the 9-channel HD video installation that is permanently in the lobby of the MoMA, in NYC. The New York Times has praised his "compelling, ingenious alliance of sound and motion" and "technical wizardry".
The MFA Computer Art Gallery, located at 132 West 21st Street, 7th Floor between 6th and 7th Avenues, will be open Monday through Friday by appointment 10am to 6pm, and is closed on weekends and public holidays. Admission is free. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 212.592.2532.
School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.
"Zero Frames per Second" is made possible in part by The Media Arts Fellowships (a program of Tribeca Film Institute, founded and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation) and The Experimental Television Center's Finishing Funds program (supported by the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts).