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03 May 2008 @ 10:43 am
I'm going to try to avoid pacing around the house today, worrying about things that haven't happened yet. So I will give you South Africa's William Kentridge animation. We saw the amazing "What will come" * yesterday at the National Gallery. Most of his work is smudgy and grey and thoughtful, and it is just that kind of day.

And a link to:

"The Magic Flute, Part I"

*The main work of the exhibition, the filmic anamorphosis “What Will Come,” draws on the idea of the picture puzzle that originated in the sixteenth century. Kentridge translates this play with perception that operates with distorted images that can only be deciphered from a certain angle to his film. The technique of cylinder mirror anamorphosis he employs is a special form of anamorphosis that is based on the addition of a further level of perception. It is not enough to change one’s point of view but a special seeing machine is essential to decode the picture: a cylindrical mirror with a certain radius that reflects the distorted image, “straightening” it “optically.” Producing such complicated distorted pictures requires a profound knowledge of mathematical rules and optical foundations. Relying on a special graphic grid, the preparatory sketch is transferred to the anamorphotic mode segment by segment, and the curvature of the
mirror that is to correct the distortion has to be precisely calculated. - Städel Museum, 10 May 2007

Enjoy. There should be content from myself soon. I promise.
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