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This was the first precision-made motion picture camera, the Bell and Howell 2709B — first modelled in 1912, made with a weighty cast in one piece aluminum body, all shafts running in ball bearings, plus a four-lens turret. Many of the classic Hollywood silent films were shot with this camera. Chaplin owned one.

The 2709A , Bell and Howell’s first attempt at a motion picture camera, had been made of wood and leather. Bell and Howell decided to upgrade the camera after they had received a complaint from a documentarist in Africa that termites had eaten his camera.

I don’t believe in images and I don’t even like pictures. Though raised a Catholic I am inclined towards iconoclastic agnosticism. You take a picture and the picture comes out on top. You take a picture of nature and the result is a smirk of inconsequence, nature looks passively back and shows you one for.

The gall of this or that frame, imperious view of a naked ape, the artist first skill is in sham and because we are each and everyone an artist we go along for the con.

But it’s too easy, the confidence man as artist plays off vanity, and vanity is a well leavened loop, a baker’s puzzle of folds and folds, and the bread of all our half baked meaning is all in the eating. All human all the time, the original sin of noisome existing and persistent self congratulations; identity.

Identity, a blindness and a deafness chock full of self congratulatory energetics.

Remember the termites that ate a camera? Termites lead an unexamined life, they don’t take pictures, they have no vanity, no sin, no missing of the mark, they scurry in no doubt and live without remembrance.

But here we have the precious ring, each moment no more no less than now, light infused—for how else could we see—and it is up to you to see nature, to see nature as our nature, nature as determined and plain as a thought, as a mountain, a valley, colour and shape, and the weave of time that sums up a panoramic view.

Dependence on a click to complete as rounding as the final vibratory disappearance of a bell announcing an end.

"The camera is much more than a recording apparatus; it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world that is not ours and that brings us to the heart of a great secret. Here magic begins." Orson Wells

À la base, cette oeuvre est composée d’images des paysages montagneux de la Colombie-Britannique, tournées en pellicule 35mm noir et blanc à l’aide d’une caméra ancienne de marque Bell & Howell. Cette matière première fut ensuite transférée vers un format vidéo HD, puis ré-encodée avec une matrice couleur extrapolée de données extraits d’une expérimentation film où des cellules sanguines teintées servaient de grain photographique. Cette expérimentation est elle-même passée par un procédé morphique supplémentaire, utilisant une version imparfaite du théorème des tores invariables de Vladimir Arnold (une fonction mathématique, sorte de mapping chaotique, qui crée un effet visuel de cisaillement). L’image est ainsi étirée, mélangée et reconstituée, créant un effet dynamique où l’image originale disparait et réapparaît parmi le bruit visuel. Le tout est un exercice d’exploration esthétique, temporelle et de reconnaissance de motif. Eastern Bloc, New Media Production & Exhibition Centre, Montreal.
The Poincaré recurrence time of the universe is the estimated time after which the Universe returns to its current state. This number is so large that the estimate remains the same whether measuring time in Planck times, years, millennia, or any other time units of the same exponential order. Page also estimated a Poincaré recurrence time of a Linde-type super-inflationary universe— which Page claimed to be, to his knowledge, the longest finite length of time ever explicitly calculated by any physicist.



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Premiered at the Seoul International New Media Festival | presented at the Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film & Video Festival USA  | Son & Vue, Montreal | Stocka International FF & Media Gallery, Sweden | Vancouver International Film Centre | Opening—Festival Internacional de Arte Experimental, Bilbao, Spain

To “bless” is to “mark with blood”

The Morphology of Nature and Digital Imagery

1/2 of the film was shot using a hand cranked 35mm camera, a 1912 Bell and Howell 2709 — B. The other half of the film was shot in HD. The film was hand processed and using the colour matrix and gamma of a hand made emulsion (using my own tinted blood cells for grain — based on a 1930’s patent) the film was transferred to high definition video.

The more abstracted colour layers were created via the application of a quite imperfect arnold's cat map on some of the data driven coloured hand processed material.

— analog / binary —

& electricity & hydro power & British Columbia & the beginnings of cinema via Eadweard Muybridge & the energy certificates of the Technocracy party & the absolute value of noise & the year 1957 & regional modernism & the Big Bang & Vermeer's “Milk Maid” & Poincaré recurrence theorem & the great Canadian cowboy singer Wilf Carter & Western Culture & the concept of Grace in Catholic painting & the Tathāgatas of Buddhism & Boris Karloff as Frankenstein reaching for the light.

Digital cinema

Digital cinema though apparently greatly distanced from the naturalism enjoyed by emulsion can be made to be much more reflective of the complexity and morphology of nature and natural processes.

“What then is to be done? I haven’t sought my happiness; I have sought after truth. You will find here neither a revelation nor a prophet, but a simple deduction from the spectral analysis and cosmogony of Laplace. These two discoveries make us eternal. Is this a godsend? We should profit from it. Is it a mystification? We should resign ourselves to it.”

"Eternity Through the Stars", Auguste Blanque, 1872.

Distributed by Video Out videoout@telus.net
+ thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts and B.C. Culture

57 minutes. HD Installation: 22 min. loop
Music: Lisa Walker Music and Sound Design: Absolute Value of Noise

Miles de Courcy — 2nd Camera & Processing of BW Film Stock

Also thanks to the Silversmith Power & Light Corporation, Sandon, British Columbia, Canada This hydro-electric generating station is the oldest
continuously operating plant in Canada & is one of the oldest of its type in the world.

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