Filed under: advertising, art, feedback, information, narrative | Tags: animation, camera, compression, fundraising, kickstarter, life, lifecast, stopmotion, timelapse
I carried a small timelapse camera that looks like a shampoo bottle around for a little more than 18 months. Each day became a ~3minute timelapse movie. About 300x normal speed. Five minutes of life becomes about 1 second of movie.
Each month is about 90 minutes of footage. I put together six months into a single film that has six panels laid out like this.
[ JUL AUG SEP
OCT NOV DEC ]
Here’s a sample from the first six month movie:
So I have now made 3 compilation movies. Each movie is about 90 minutes long and covers six months of my timelapse movies. From Mid 2009 to Jan 2011. To me, they are something like fishbowl or fireplace movies. A texture or pattern of life. Is there a narrative?
And here is timelapse version of the third episode compressed into 3 1/2 minutes.
All the individual movies and the compilation movies are public domain so you are free to reuse as you please.
But maybe you want a copy of the full lengths on DVD? I am happy to put them together for you with some custom art and mail it to you.
What did i take away from all these movies? I think mostly it made me think about plants and slowness. After all this time filming myself I figured it was time to spend some time filming something shared like our food supply so I am working with a couple small Boston area (Concord) farms to create a public domain movie about the 6 month growing season. Roughly late April to late September. $99 and you will get some timelapse movies, some handdrawn art and the bonus of helping fund a public domain movie about food.
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some recent movies for brooklyn mobile.
new people productions
a 14m compilation of Episode 4 of the brooklyners:
http://brooklynmobile.blip.tv has several longer compilations that make it easy to watch a bunch of videos in a row.
Filed under: advertising, feedback, information, opensource, randomness | Tags: change, consolidation, gold, money, observation, power, publicspeaking, systems
imagine you’re in a room with 20 people. maybe it’s your workplace, maybe it’s your church group, maybe it’s a holiday dinner or a classroom.
picture the group of people in your head, do you know how much each person is worth? now imagine everyone pulling out a balance sheet from their bag and putting it on the wall, side by side with all the rest. you and the rest mull around the walls and discuss?
how do you react to finding out that so-and-so is much richer or poorer than you expected? how does money change your opinion of the people you meet, be they new connections or old friends?
do you know groups of people who do something like this? would this increase collaboration? or minimize the rat race? how often do you comb your hair or check your clothes in the mirror?
i’m thinking a lot about my own practices with money and how i present my financial information to myself. i definitely pay my share of late fees, atm withdrawals, data overages, etc because i don’t have a good feedback loop for my own behavior. once a month is too infrequent and i don’t even do that.
i tried a picture for every purchase but it was the wrong type of publishing to actually effect my behavior and too much camera work. so i didn’t make it that far.
lately i’m thinking about some type of fridge door/wall calendar/corkboard exercise to place the info more in my physical and visual space. maybe some sort of timelapse whiteboard of my financial state… more on that to come. low tech, hi visibility, small batch, and reward based are some goals for whatever this turns out to be.
in the meantime, the year end signals to collect financial information and pay your duties to our governing systems. you know what they say when you get to the border, “where are you papers?”
anyways, here’s a look at the current state of things.
i’ll update this post with spreadsheets, etc as i get around to organizing the accounts and tallying. flickr set will contain the sources…
Filed under: advertising, art, feedback, information, opensource, proposal | Tags: 2waytv, application, fellowship, guggenheim, housingprojects, information, publichousing, tv, tv2.0, twvee, video
i’m applying for the guggenheim fellowship. it’s due very soon and i’m way behind but the application will be focused around some implementation of the system shown in the tv2.0 doodle above. the doodle currently tells the story in a nicer way than my application but it should change a lot over the next couple days.
about the fellowship:
The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 220 Fellowships are awarded each year.
and from the frequently asked questions:
The average amount of Fellowship grants in the 2008 United States and Canada competition was approximately $43,200. Since the purpose of the Guggenheim Fellowship program is to help provide Fellows with blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, grants are made freely. No special conditions attach to them…
the application resources:
So, on to my application.
There are 3 main documents I am working on as google docs.
1. A brief narrative account of your career, describing your previous accomplishments. This account should include mention prizes, honors, and significant grants or fellowships that you have held or now hold, showing the grantor and the inclusive dates of each award.
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcpfp46j_145cvg9tcfm I am focusing on my history and accomplishments through 3 directions: artist(music, sculpture, doodles, timelapse), systems engineer(mech eng, robotics, wikipedia/linux analysis), and community organizer(collision collective, radio show, etc). this is something i have thought about a decent amount but never tried to actually write down so it’s slow and needs some work.
2. A list of work:
Publications, if you are a scholar, scientist, or writer.
Give exact titles, names of publishers, and dates and places of publication.
Playwrights should also include a list of productions.
Exhibitions, if you are an artist.
Include a chronological list of shows, citing dates and places, and a list of collections in which your work is represented. Forthcoming shows should also be mentioned.
3. A statement of plans for the period for which the Fellowship is requested. Applicants in science or scholarship should provide a detailed, but concise, plan of research, not exceeding three pages in length. Applicants in the arts should submit a brief statement of plans in general terms, not exceeding three pages in length.
http://docs.google.com/View?id=dcpfp46j_147d62kv727 [UPDATE- i actually just turned in 3 doodles, this is actual pdf submission, http://www.scribd.com/doc/26286341/Paluska-Plans-for-guggenheim-fellowship ] My proposal for the project is focused on the ideas of the broadcaster project, twvee, tv 2.0, 2 way television, open systems engineering, open information channels, public history files through video, and distributed systems. Specifically, the proposal is to openly develop and implement an easily accessible public video booth for the Gowanus Public Housing project in Brooklyn, across the street from where I just moved, my local environment. Possibly this would be a short video version and a timelapse installation? The exact details should not be solidified, only the process, goals, and small steps. The exact form of the installation will be determined by working for a couple months with the local community.
see also the broadcaster project proposal to the banff/01sj/sundance locative cinema call. that is viewable here.
various doodles on the general idea of tv2.0, broadcaster project, local news 2.0, etc in this flickr set.
Filed under: advertising, art, feedback, information, opensource | Tags: accountability, audio, compression, documentation, gardencam, images, process, publicdomain, publicspeaking, recordkeeping, timelapse, video
i carry a timelapse camera with me everyday. when it is turned on, you just need to hold still for 30 seconds and the moment will be captured. i find this to be a powerful concept. one photo every 30 seconds gives you about a 2 minute video at the end of the day. (default playback rate on movies is closer to 5-10fps rather than 30fps.)
the above shot was a posed/planned. i placed it on the ground and we just milled around in that spot for 30 seconds and then moved on. you might not notice it in the context of the movie playing at full speed but it’s a nice frame. it’s from the following movie:
first let me try to summarize a few thoughts i have.
– document more with less opinion.
– more automatic and less filtered by my opinion of what is “worthwhile”
– sped up linear visual representation of how long things take is more useful than writing “5 hours” in a spreadsheet?
– one button simplicity
– in public it is a short conversation starter, sort of like having a pet.
– reflection on process and sharing
– less worry about documentation because it’s always happening anyways.
– don’t want to spend too much time on it but a minute or three each day seems worthwhile.
a little bit more about why timelapse in general:
Filed under: advertising, art, information, opensource | Tags: columbia, edlab, library, manhattan, residency, sharing, summer, teacherscollege
This Monday, I am starting a two month residency at Columbia Teacher’s College and their EdLab.
This is my statement of work and deliverables as snipped from the contract:
“How do you add value through sharing?,” will explore and develop new communication channels with the goal of identifying realizable steps that libraries can take toward providing free and open access to information. Relevant research will include the practical limitations of copyright laws and university policies and interviews with members of the Teachers College community. Your project will consist of experiments that will enhance our understanding of data flow and access to information in both the virtual and physical world. We are particularly interested in your solutions for the development and execution of realizable steps that libraries can take toward increasing access to their holdings. The resulting investigations and findings will be displayed physically in Gottesman Libraries, as well as online. You will document the project’s development process and outcomes online.