Photo by Jourdan Tymkow
Heads up Vancouver, 7pm this Friday and Saturday (May 1st and 2nd) the creative dance collective known as OURO is hosting an evening of contemporary and street dance, and will be premiering a 20-minute piece that they’ve been developing over the last six months. Both nights will feature several performances, visual arts, and yummy drinks courtesy of the folks at The Juice Truck. No tickets to purchase, it’s by donation at the door.
Full disclosure, my girlfriend is one of the dancers in the show. I’ll be there both nights helping setup, so if you come out please say hello! I know nothing about contemporary dance but I’ve seen OURO perform twice and their work is really fun and accessible – you’ll enjoy it.
According to Wikipedia, American filmmaker Dan Eckert coined the term “hyperlapse” in 2012, referring to a method of filmmaking where a camera is aimed at a fixed point while it is moved large distances. Single images are then aligned in post production to produce a fluid motion. The technique however can be traced back to a filmmaker named Guy Roland who invented it in 1986 and utilized it in a Super8 mm film called “Pace” in 1991.
Roland shot the film you see here, “Pacer”, in 1995 using a 16mm Bolex camera, and it’s a thing of beauty. The original negative of this film was apparently destroyed in it’s only printing in 1995, and that print was digitally transferred last year and painstakingly remastered earlier this year (the version that you see below).
A little side note for Vancouverites, Roland began shooting “Spacer” in Vancouver in 2001 using digital cameras (in the painful early days of digital photography) which was released in 2004 and won many awards before the National Film Board of Canada bought it in 2006 and it’s name became “Kino Citius”. The NFB had plans to follow it up with a digital large format film with Roland, but it was eventually cancelled.
Watch “Pacer” (1995) below. It is amazing what our phones can do with the Hyperlapse app now when you consider how much work it was to achieve this effect back then.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every one of you for sending in pencils to be part of our project with Tangible Interaction! Next week we fly out to Barcelona for the Internet Age Media festival and we’ll be using hundreds and hundreds of your pencils, mailed in from around the world, to build a sculpture out there. Stay tuned for updates!
Heads up for those in Vancouver! Tomorrow (Saturday March 14th) 2pm-4pm, we will be at Collage Collage (621 Kingsway) making pencils and you’re all invited! Kids, adults, and everyone in between! We will have pencils and art supplies there so you can just show up! It’s FREE. Come hang!
Artist Chad Murray has never been skydiving before. He has made a series of paintings without visual references, imagining what it would be like to skydive. He hopes to exchange his paintings for the opportunity to experience the real thing. My favourite part of his Kickstarter is under risks: “Maybe the parachute won’t open”.
There is an honesty to Chad’s work that I find funny but also kinda profound. This skydiving project is really about a person’s ability to dream something into reality. If Chad imagines it hard enough, it will actually become real! Help make his dream come true through his Skydiving Kickstarter.
*Chad has reached his goal; he will get to live his dream!!!