Detroit Transect is a massive multi-part investigation of 3D visual documentary.
It dissects a nearly seven mile line through Detroit, largely along the route of Brush Street, which we’ve captured from car, from helicopter, from PeopleMover, and on foot and in related historical archives and contemporary cartographic and census data.
Four of the five sections are now complete: Circling; Reaching; Cornering; and Glimpsing. The last section, Spine, will be finished in early September.
For further background information, see the well-illustrated interim report, which provides a thorough explanation of the project’s methods and goals. The project was initiated as part of OpenEndedGroup’s 2012-13 Roman J. Witt Artists in Residency at the University of Michigan and has received considerable further support from the Knight Foundation.
Also recently completed is 12 Stabs, a phantasmagoric simulation of how the replicants in a well-known science fiction film might actually see the world.
With a renewed artists’ residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, we are completing the third and final 3D film in our Gardner series, this one entitled Maenads & Satyrs. The two previous works are Saccades and Knight’s Rest.
All Day continues to be featured on the hour on the enormous LED “Oculus” at the main entrance of Barclays Center in Brooklyn and as a five-screen installation inside Barclay Center’s VIP lounge.
Saccades is the second 3D film to result from our recent residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where it premiered on 6 March 2014. The music was composed by Downie & Kaiser with Tom Chiu.
Linked Verse is a piece for music theater that explores the gaps and the overlaps between Japanese and Western ways of being. It premiered at Bing Hall on December 7 2013. A collaboration with composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, it featured two musicians: cellist Maya Beiser and shō player Ko Ishikawa. It was commissioned by Stanford University to help inaugurate its new Bing Concert Hall, and is co-produced by Beth Morrison Productions.
MoMA featured six new and recent 3D films in a “Modern Monday” presentation on November 11, 2013. Two were premieres: Circling Detroit and the 3D version of All Day. The other four were Loops, plant, Knight´s Rest, and All Sides of the Road. In addition, the museum screened our earlier and longest 3D film: Upending .
All Day opened at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 10, 2013, where it has taken the same form as After Ghostcatching there – both on the enormous outdoor LED Oculus and in the five-screen indoor installation. A separate 3D version of All Day was screened at MoMA – see above.)
Knight´s Rest, premiered on October 3, 2013, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. This five-minute 3D film is the first artwork to emerge from our museum residency there; it features a piano score composed and performed by Jaroslaw Kapuscinski.
Becoming at the Wellcome Collection in London was part of the Thinking with the Body exhibition, where it ran live from September 15 through October 27 2013. The work is a real-time, artificially intelligent response to a database of all the abstracted movements in a feature-length Hollywood film. It was used by British choreographer Wayne McGregor’s in his London studio as an “eleventh dancer” whose role was to instigate new ideas for McGregor and his Random Dance company as they created a new work. Becoming was created by Marc Downie in collaboration with Nick Rothwell.
The Encircling Self: In Memory of Maryanne Amacher, a long reflection by Kaiser, has been published in the January 2014 issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art. (An early draft of the text was once previewed on this site.)
The final White Paper for Proximity Fuse may be downloaded here.The lengthy report outlines our prototype for a new form of documentary and incluces contains the complete storyboard/script for the first of its three envisioned sections. Our subject is the origins of present-day technology in War World Two and the Cold War, as enacted in the career of Iowa astrophysicist James A. Van Allen. Funded with a chairman’s grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
We’ve redesigned and published a new version of Creative Collaboration for the iPad; released under a Creative Commons license, it may be downloaded for free from the iTunes store here or seen as a pdf. The work, which draws upon our long experience in collaboration and offers concise and startling rules of thumb arranged in complementary pairs, was commissioned by the Finnish Innovation Fund, which put out its own print-on-demand version late in 2012.