Pan No.2 (one step forwards, one frame backwards) presents a very simple idea. Using a custom developed motion control system, a video camera is rotated around its optical axis at a constant speed of exactly one pixel per frame. After correcting for lens distortion the image is then sliced into single pixel columns that are offset from each other in time by one frame. Like walking backwards on an escalator or leaning into the wind, a moment of equilibrium is formed where opposing forces perfectly cancel each other out, achieving that evolutionary state of 'almost falling'. The resulting video is a sequence of frames where only a single moment of pictorial space is constructed from nearly 30 seconds of 'source-time'. Static objects are transposed into a rapid series of chronological cross sections like the instantaneous transition from future to past. While moving objects (notably humans) are rendered as much by their temporal as their spatial forms, smeared across time and caught in an extruded present.
Exhibited in CCP's Night Projection Window
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