OC102_DATUM

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.

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flow diagram

A diagram of mapping datums to datums.

This diagram was developed later on in the project. From this point on, the project develops in a more chronological manner, towards this diagram.

EB

A1 photoscan (photogram) /hand drawn hybrid.

3RD

3rd person view of same photogram.

PLANDESK1

Orthographic of first person photoscan (third person).

STAIRS ELEV ACCUM 1

Orthographic of first person photoscan (third person).

STAIRSPERSP1

First person perspective of same photogram.

reverse perspective 1

SEBSTIRSSWINGING

SCENE 2 1.50 2

Stairs as common datum between real world and Heat world.

DIDTORTED PLAN 1.20 2

1.20 Plan on A1

RIG PLAN DWG A0

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

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