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Persistence of Vision by Kelsey Boncato

My interest in persistence in vision (an occurrence in film theory) and the notions of “frame by frame” challenged me to explore the relationship between viewing videos or motion graphics within the online-web page. By using animation, I could develop imagery that can function in the space of this frame by frame, pixel to pixel nature. I was also interested in the way we are in control in viewing materials once we are engaged in the act of “seeing”. I found that the autoplay of moving images is a kind of embodied action that enacts as a “natural” dynamic as an active user online activates the digital web space.

I decided to create visuals that were simplistic, and retained black and white pixels. It started with basic shapes, a dot, moving to one place to another. Although I enjoyed the visual design, I thought it would be interesting to think of the self within the online image and it activating space. I then created visuals of myself “performing” that are gestural and impressionistic to explore ideas of the trace (sketchy content and literal tracing technique in animation called “rotoscoping”) and editing the looping animation to feel repetitious, however combining elements that seem standardized or as limitations because of “the loop”, I edited the asset to different positions on the screen, created layers, and distorted the way time functions or may function with the user activating the space. Initially, the piece was only one file, however I experimented extending the duration of each loop and repeated the overall video on the page.

The initial frames are a complete set of 100, but are utilized in a way where it becomes ambiguous. The user is activated by having each video “autoplay” once the user interacts with the screen using the mouse. But once the mouse moves away from each video frame, it pauses. Since the entire screen is filled with a number of videos in a grid format, the possibilities of seeing and having the same web page is infinite. One plays as the rest are frozen. It depends on the user and how long they’ve been on the page, and if they refresh to restart the process again. Over time, the homogeneity of the page becomes fractured, a memory game, with a simple movement of the mouse over and enter.