Fanfic Telepresence is a 20 minute documentary configuration of everyday cornucopia, tapes and synthesizer gnarl, conversational fragments, observations, juxtapositions, sensory punchlines, redirected energy, pattern, speculation.
We made this for Channel9319062‘s DREAM APPOLCALYPSE, streamed live 8 September 2020. What you see changes what you hear and what you hear changes what you see. Structure, harmony and discord come and go. It’s a (time) travelogue made in lockdown. Objects and situations lose their original meaning and communicate something else. The music is electromechanical. The pause control of a Uher 4000 tape recorder (Education Authority Unit) sees heavy action. Entities transmit by telepresence, inhabit places, objects and organisms, impersonate themselves.
Original zoetrope discs and audiovisual work by Sculpture for Electronic at the Design Museum in London from April 2020. These are some of the earliest discs we used in our live performances, dating from around 2010, and were made by glueing paper to vinyl records. Now, as we use so many images during each show, we don’t stick them to a heavy polymeric substance. Reuben Sutherland has probably made more than 500 zoetrope designs, many lost in chaos, though we try to archive them. The designs are intended to be filmed with a video camera (shooting at 25 fps with an extremely fast shutter speed) suspended above the disc which usually rotates at 45 RPM. Some designs are intended to be rotated at different speeds and sometimes a single design contains elements that work at a variety of speeds.
The exhibition first opened at Paris Philharmonie in 2019.