8 MINUTES 20 SECONDS | PRINTS
The prints form part of the ongoing 8min 20sec project. The HD video version 8min 20sec (2009) was once rather fittingly described by a motion graphics enthusiast as 'a wonderful kaleidoscopic visual with subtle flickers of colour'.
(...) (FL@33) has created a deceptively simple yet engagingly intricate video patchwork which blows Mike Figgis clean out of the water. Each image is sewn together from 500 frames of a 500-second video, forming a square canvas... (...) Grafik magazine
PRINTS 2004 – ONGOING
8min 20sec started as a concept in 2002 when we first started to record appropriate digital video footage – initially only with prints in mind.
___ The first printed sequences were however not produced until 2004 when five of them were exhibited at the first FL@33 (and Stereohype) solo show in Paris that took place between December 2004 and January 2005 at the Zotoprod space.
___ The series of photographic artworks was exhibited together with a first version of the video that was created especially for the Paris exhibition and was shown there on a plasma screen.
___ The concept is based on capturing the city (in this case Paris) in video sequences of 8 minutes and 20 seconds (= 500 seconds). Each sequence was then reduced to 1 frame per second.
___ The resulting prints are based on the individual collections of 500 frames (each) and are positioned within square compositions (40 x 40cm and a massive 90 x 90cm each).
___ Also shown here are artworks number 6 and 7 of this ongoing series. They are entitled Millennium Bridge, London and Little Venice, London and were first published in a special 2005 edition of Swiss graphic design magazine idpure as part of an 8-page-FL@33-profile they featured in May 2005.
Prints #3, #4 and #5 are available at
stereohype.com in two different sizes.
900mm x 900mm (35.4" x 35.4") and
400mm x 400mm (15.8" x 15.8").
Fine Art Photographic Prints (Digital C Type)
are printed on matt Fuji Crystal Archive paper
in limited editions of 33 each and per size.
Signed and numbered on the back of the print.
VIDEOS 2004 and 2009
The first animated version from 2004 did not include any soundtrack.
___ In 2009 however a revised high-definition widescreen version was created and a soundtrack was composed and performed especially for this latest version of the video by the amazing Mercury Quartet in London.
___ Please note that the sound in 8min 20sec (2009) starts very slowly after 1 minute 29 seconds.
___ The original DV footage for the video was recorded in Paris at the Place Charles de Gaulle (aka Place de l'Étoile) from the top of the Arc de Triomphe that offers a bird’s-eye view to the exceptionally busy roundabout below in which the Arc stands.
ON THE BIG SCREEN
The 2009 version with the Mercury Quartet soundtrack was screened on Friday, 6th November, 2009, in London's Transport Museum (LTM) as part of a D-Fuse curated evening entitled Urban vs Suburban.
LTM WEBSITE EXTRACT
Friday Lates. Suburban Nights: A new programme of Friday Lates. Friday Lates start at 18.45 and go on until 22.00. Sounds of the Suburbs. Friday 6 November 2009.
___ Tune in to a multi-sensory journey of light, image, colour and sound with D-Fuse, Labmeta, *Spark and Electrovision and their collaborative set - Urban vs suburban with VJing, audio visual performance and screenings complete with silent disco. Check out Designated Area artist Andy Morgan's live illustration of a classic cityscape with a suburban twist. Cocktail du soir: Decks and tonic. Tickets £7 / £5.