This exhibition called SciFi is an unashamed homage to various classic science fiction films, each rendered out as a single wide-panoramic unique print. The images are produced using a process called slitscanning, used to great effect for the stargate sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie 2001 a Space Oddyssey.
In this exhibition each movie has been rendered out as an image-sequence of many thousands of individual frames, which are then processed with bespoke programming software which automates the slitscanning process. **
The resulting images can then be read from left to right, seeing the beginning and end of the film simultaneously, a process analogous to Presentism, a philosophy of time, which proposes that neither the future nor the past exists.
The philosopher Ted Sider says, “Presentism is the doctrine that only the present is real”…. With this definition, the past and future do not exist – they are not real! That is why Presentism is so mind-boggling, because we are constantly thinking about the past and planning for the future……it is only the present which exists objectively (outside of our minds). So all things exist simultaneously in the eternal present.
Carson has been involved with experimental imaging technologies for many years, including time-lapse video capture. His work has been an extension of this aspect of visual research and current works are meditations on the passage of time (in space) and the way perceptions can be altered or distorted to represent a spatial and temporal experience. There are several series of still images which are extractions from long image sequences taken over time, as long as 365 days, – condensed into single images read from left to right.
** Program developed by astrophysicist and imaging specialist Dr. Paul Bourke.
FOYER GALLERY: DAVE CARSON & THE CITY OF MANDURAH STRETCH ARTS FESTIVAL PROJECT DOCUMENTARY & SCREENING OF TIMEWARP
Screening of a documentary by John Reid of the making of ‘Water On Mandurah’ a dome video work by digital artist Dave Carson.
Screening of ‘Timewarp’ an experimental film by video artist David Carson and sound artist Justin Wiggan. Commissioned by the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and funded by the MPAC Patrons Program.