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Landscape #7: South-Facing Window View Between Longbranch and Exhibition Train Stations, Toronto., 2011

Renee Lear (Artist)
Toronto, Canada

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In this series I ask the question: How does one make Materialist video? Light, colour, codecs, pixels, time—this is the material of video. Each video begins as a recognizable video landscape. I take the tools that the Structuralist/Materialist filmmakers of the 1960’s and the video maker of today have in common, and use them to manipulate the landscape image in a video environment. Abstractions are coaxed out from within the landscape, or more accurately, from the pixels organized within the digital capture of the landscape image as interpreted by my video camera and its idiosyncratic codec. The outcome is radically different from film. Full title to be shown online: Landscape #7: South-Facing Window View Between Longbranch and Exhibition Train Stations, Toronto, Enlarged 7600%, Blurred 4%, Sharpened 1687% and Slowed Down to 3% of the Original Speed