Un Tempo Una Volta

TR Flaxton

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‘Un Tempo Una Volta’ was formulated to explore the core research question that was part of the original AHRC bid for my 2007 Creative Research Fellowship: ‘In what ways will High Resolution Imaging change the work produced in the convergence of art and visual technologies and consequently, our experience of that work?’ To answer this question I formulated the idea of ‘Quantum Resolution’ which proposed that audience immersion deepens with quantum as opposed to quantitative increases of resolution – that is the effects of deeper immersion would be felt with larger increases of resolution rather than incremental increases of resolution. Initially I formulated 3 practice as research portfolios as differing strategies to uncover the effects (if any) of increased resolution. These three were a) to examine everyday moving images of the world immediately around oneself, b) examine iconic moving images of the world and c) examine human portraiture and by way of this examine ideas around the human gaze. I argued that each work would be a building block in a developing argument to examine my hypothesis and that all of the works would be presented together in a major exhibition as the overall thesis – this occurred in December 2010 in collaboration with University of Westminster in their London P3 Gallery. ‘Un Tempo Una Volta’ is the second work of the 2nd Portfolio which had as its base idea to investigate the re-presentation of iconic images in a way that discussed their original material nature and what they could then become if presented in high resolution moving image form. This work was funded by an AHRC Practice and Applied award for £20,000. Venice has been and is at this moment being photographed beyond count and it’s apparent nature is instantly recognizable. The brief I set myself was to re-invent it’s iconic representation so that it was still recognizable but did not carry the same signs and signifiers as before. The installation is experienced by lying on one’s back on a soft surface looking upward to a 20 foot by 10 foot screen on which the view above the canals of Venice is projected. One sees the buildings on both sides and feels the rocking motion of the boat as the boat travels through its route. This 4k image is then presented as an 18 minute loop when in exhibition. This work was exhibited at various locations from publication date until the present (late 2011), subsequently I have spoken of the research outcomes in articles and papers at various international conferences. URL to documentation of Making of this work: http://www.flaxton.btinternet.co.uk/imaginiststalking.htm
Translated title of the contributionUn Tempo Una Volta
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVarious (1st Exhibition, Venice)
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2008

Bibliographical note

Medium: High Resolution Digital Installation
Event title: Various (1st Exhibition, Venice)
Other: Part of the 2nd Practice as Research Portfolio from the 2007 - 2010 AHRC Creative Research Fellowship


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