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Rearch Assessment Exercise 2008

Paul St George

My research interests include:
Chronophotography; the interplays among space, time and their derivatives in events, recordings and presentations in fine art; the converging fields of photography and moving images in "imagetime" (or images of duration).

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Research Outcomes

Outcome 1 - Revelation
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority commissioned this work to make interpretation of Gunpowder Park available to more people at more times in more ways.
The site has historical and ecological value, but is restricted for reasons of safety, knowledge and access. The solution was to use hidden cameras in various parts of the site and to control the recording using a variety of innovative triggers. The output is a number of image streams of the site triggered by events such as weather, animal movements and time. The viewer can change the flow of these image streams. These user-changeable streams are presented to the viewer in the context of a map that also gives information about location and context.
The research and the inventions that were developed for the project extended my research into chronophotography and into the relationship among recorded images and the presentation of those images.


Outcome 2 - Tondo
This project included the making of Tondo, an artwork that combines hidden anamorphic images, interactivity, intermittent motion and chronophotography, as well as academic papers delivered at the Interact 2003 and Multimedia Histories conferences.
Tondo is a large circular image that contains within it a number of images that form a temporal sequence. Each of these images is distorted beyond recognition by stretching it in one direction. In the centre of the large circular image is a cylindrical mirror. When the images are seen in this mirror they become undistorted and discernable as an animated sequence. The whole construction is hand rotated via a number of interlocked cogwheels. These cogwheels use the same technology as early clocks and projectors to convert continuous rotation into intermittent rotation.


Outcome 3 - Sequences
My aim for this curated exhibition was to foster a debate between contemporary art and its antecedents. I did this, in part, by showing contemporary work alongside historical artefacts and by providing many opportunities for people to interact with the contextual work and with the contemporary work.
There were two interrelated research questions that faced in opposite directions. Can chronophotography be better understood by reassessing its history from a contemporary perspective? Can current time-based art practice be informed by a fresh understanding of chronophotography?


Outcome 4 - Sequences: Contemporary Chronophotography
Photography and the moving image have been separated, historically, by technical issues and divisions within the institutions in which they were taught. As the two subjects converge the possibilities for interesting cross- and trans-disciplinary critiques emerge. What defines and enriches the explorer in this new territory is a fascination with images and with time.
This book is a collection of essays about what I have defined as contemporary chronophotography. For 100 years, chronophotography has been in the shadow of cinema, but now it is emerging once again in post cinema practices, digital art and new experimental photography. Contemporary artists have found that sequences of images offer new opportunities for exploring the timeless issues such as the subject’s experience of time and space and the aesthetics that operate at the intersection of time and space.


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