Changing Datum(s)

Non-Cartesian Cinema

2017

‘Defining means reducing a concept to other concepts’. (Reichnbach, 1957).

This project explores the translation  of space from Cartesian coordinate norms (the construction of space as a homogeneous system of regular coordinates) to coordinative definitions that are more relevant to the content they describe.

In the sense of Reichenbach, coordinaitve definitions have the ability to be reductive to the subjects they describe. They therefore have the ability to augment this content.

This project, after more tangential initial stages, dealt with the coordinative definitions of the Michael Mann film ‘Heat’ (an LA saga resonating with isolated and introverted characters). A Cartesian datum is that of (0,0,0). The new data are phenomena of introversion, found throughout the film, which hinge the scenes together. Scenes contort around other scenes based on a common datum: the geometry of an arm posture, head movement, etc , that become the new data for the geography of the filmscape. These data are the introverted moments per character in the film. The change in coordinative definitions from a Cartesian set, and subsequently remapping the film, means the film spatialises in a more relevant way.

 

EB

Tangential initial stage: A1 photoscan/hand drawn hybrid. Photoscan from the first person (me sitting on chair in room). First person anamorphic resolution of the image below.

 

 

3RD

Tangential initial stage: photoscan from the first person at my chair. Study into the mediation between third and first person and the spatial implications.

 

 

 

 

PLANDESK1

Tangential initial stage: photoscan from the first person at the studio desk.

 

 

 

STAIRS ELEV ACCUM 1

Tangential initial stage: photoscan from the first person running down the studio stairs.

 

 

 

STAIRSPERSP1

Tangential initial stage: photoscan from the first person running down the studio stairs, anamorphically resolved from the first person perspective. Other non-anamorphoc perspectives, as with the drawing above, are third person meditations on the first person.

 

 

 

 

reverse perspective 1

1.20 stairs reconstruction on A1. Reconstructing stairs from the first person photoscan, as a reverse perspective plan construction drawing.

 

 

 

 

SEBSTIRSSWINGING

Axonometric  on A1

 

 

 

 

SCENE 2 1.50 2

 

Axonometric on A1. Hinging/morphing Heat stairs to my stairs, tread to tread. The differing geometry of the Heat scene to the Bartlett results in the Heat scene’s geometry to morph. Like a glove fitting to a hand.

 

 

 

 

 

DIDTORTED PLAN 1.20 2

1.20 Plan on A1

 

 

FD 4 LR

 

 

 

RIG PLAN DWG A0

 

 

 

 

 

FD 3

 

 

 

FD 1

Plan and elevation on A0. The scenes begin to flow and hinge to the next in a spatial and more relevant (and not time-based) way. The coordinative definition of the film is now non-cartesian.

 

 

 

 

CC OUTPUT 1951

 

 

 

 

CC OUTPUT 1476

 

 

 

FD 7

A1 Perspective