Enhanced Vision â€“ Digital Video
Image Still from the Digits digital video
I received an email the other day from ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community of which I am a member. The email alerted me to a new ACM SIGGRAPH (Association of Computing Machinery Special Interest Group-Graphics) project. Titled Enhanced Vision â€“ Digital Video, it is billed as "an international survey of today's most exciting and innovative digitally-enhanced video art works". The thirty videos included in this exhibition were curated by a committee of ten experts in the field.
The videos are supposed to tell a story – some worked, some didn't. Be that as it may, my focus was on the imagery itself and the technical skills and imagination that went into their creation. On this level, a number of the videos did not my level of expectations.
While I watched all the videos, I have opted to comment only on certain ones. The list of videos and my comments follow.
- Apotheosis of Glasgow High-rises
- A Small Fee
- A Written Perspective – in black and white, it appears to have used thresholding and/or edge finding to process a standard video. While it has no soundtrack, this was one of the more visually interesting videos with its white on black outlines flickering across the screen.
- City.Flow() – also visually interesting. Its use of multiple exposure video of urban activity made for an interesting visual effect that lent itself to the story the video was telling.
- Composition Fukushima 2011
- Digits – visually the most interesting with varied image processing techniques applied to the video. Identified as a "video that refers to the symbolism of ten numbers", it featured a short individualized segment for each number.
- Don't Know Where To Point
- Fashion To Die For – used no image processing or CGI (computer-generated imagery) but did have a very interesting opening with its use of video taken of machinery in a garment factory that was fascinating to watch with its spinning spindles of thread.
- Horribile Pictu 1
Mudland #1 – a striking video, it is both visually surreal and bizarre – I like it. Its strength is its very imaginative use of compositing.
Image Still from the Mudland #1 digital video.
- My Meds, from the series Testament
- necrolog of robin williams or the suicide of irony
- Not To Scale At All
- On China Sea – a visually interesting video of the motion of water in the wake of a ship.
- OU TOPOS
- Particle Daydreams
- Printed Clothes DIY (4 my catcaller)
- Raw Quinoa
- Slip Away
- Soft Pong Inari
- Surveillance Siddhi
- The Dust Machine Variation – probably the most sophisticated of the videos, it also easily had the most sonically interesting and imaginative sound track.
If you are a maker of videos then you should give these a look. Each video comes with a brief description as well as a list of the software that was used in its creation. You may also want to contact a video's creator(s) to learn more about how the created their work.
All the videos are accessible from the Enhanced Vision â€“ Digital Video Collection