film collapsed into a single frame

finding the graphic essence of a film – and portraying its muddied abstractness


inspired by our shared memories of our favourite films,
this series of code-generated artworks pays homage to the pictures that have stayed with us all these years.

the story

sitting around a table, and discussing our favourite scenes from our favourite films,
we began to imagine what it might look like if we could watch a film in a single image.
it was this imagining that gave rise to this series of works.

the process

we were able to write a piece of code that breaks up a film into its constituent frames.
once these frames have been created, the code averages out the colour value for every one of the ca. 8 million pixels.
this process results in an image that is the mean frame of an entire film.


it is important to send a shout out to:
Kazimir Malevich, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko

closing thoughts

these pieces are motion and memory arrested in space

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