I have always been fascinated by the distorted light forms that are sometimes created as I turn off my TV. I never really thought about what caused this or why it was so intriguing. Aisleone recently did a post from an artist by the name of Stephan Tillmans who did some experimental photography with this exact subject. The series is called Luminant Point Arrays. There is quite the nostalgia as I spent time looking at each composition.
The Luminant Point Arrays open a dialogue between the relationship of abstraction and concretion in photography. The images show cathode-ray-tube televisions being switched off. The television picture breaks down and creates a structure of light. The breakdown of the television picture describes the breakdown of external reference. The product is self-referential, concrete photography.
Check out more from there series here.
I’ve been busy like crazy lately and I can’t recall where I came across Josh Vanover‘s. I’m thinking it was most likely on ffffound. I was really intrigued by his use of distortion with a (most likely) television image process. I created a typography project last fall in the graphic design program at Sac State where I used a very similar process. I am planning a shoot with The New Humans some time before this year ends and the project will reminisce a similar but very different treatment to this series.
Check out more of Josh Vanover’s on Behance and his site. The photos are featured in a series which can be found on his flickr by his name spaceknuckle.
Check out these beautiful brochure covers designed by Bob Noorda from Brionvega which is a Milan based electronic company.
I was browsing a few of my favorite blogs and I found this video of Jon Hopkins. I had never heard of him before but was really intrigued by his live performance at ICA in London as well as the unique video production. I am currently working on a title sequence for THX 1138 for my time-based graphic design class and this is a great source of visual inspiration for my project. Some of the characteristics I want to show are static, glitchy, grungy, and gritty. The Insides video is exactly that. Jon Hopkins really performs like a prodigy.
We were really keen on making a gritty, abstract performance video. So we set to work with magnets, screwdrivers, VHS tapes and a host of other techniques: We made an initial edit and played this back through a £3 TV we picked up at the local market, and ‘manipulating’ it with a screwdriver allowed us to flutter and flicker the image on screen. We’d also bought an industrial strength magnet and used that to distort and twist the picture on itself. We made several runs through the track in this way before playing everything out to VHS (with obligatory stomping and scrunching).
This effectively gave us a new set of footage to make a tailored, grunged-up edit of the original piece.