Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Slightly Desynchronized

Olafur Eliasson just sent me an image from this very suggestive work A Slightly Desynchronised But Otherwise Perfect Pair.

A fraction mirror is splitting a spotlight into complementary colors so you're seeing one object...


He said it reminded him of this thing I wrote:

Objects are always a little bit out of phase with themselves and with one another. . . they are 'internally' out of phase with themselves, and this is what produces time and the possibility that they can interact. 

Olafur Eliasson, A slightly desynchronised but otherwise perfect couple, 2014 from Studio Olafur Eliasson on Vimeo.


Toby Kamps said...

I think you're onto something here!!!

cgerrish said...

For some reason this showing our eyes what they cannot see connects to Godard's "Adieu a Langage."

Daniel Engber's on the film and the disassembling of the 3D effect:

The scene starts with an image of the couple talking, shot the normal way—a pair of cameras pointed in the same direction. That’s how you make 3-D: With two overlapping movies filmed from slightly different angles, then projected separately (left-camera to left-eye, right-camera to right-eye) so they can be fused inside the viewer’s brain. But when the man and woman start to argue, Godard splits the image tracks: As she walks away from him one camera follows and the other stays behind. Now you see the woman with your left eye and the man with your right, as if they’d wandered into separate movies. The depth illusion breaks in half, replaced by a flickering double-image. It’s the inverse of the classic 3-D thrill, in which your eyes conspire to deceive you. This one does the opposite: It puts your eyes in opposition. They can’t agree, they’re misaligned, like the couple on the screen.