Carl Lostritto
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Animate Frame as Pixel
This project is the result of a study and reimplementation of Wade Hokoda's recursive contrast-sensitive image tiling algorithm, which was used to generate the cover illustration of William Mitchell's book The Logic of Architecture. Hokoda's technique, which involves re-creating images with versions of that same image, simultaneously reinforces and undermines the primacy of the discretely digital image within the broader and more expansive field of computation. When applied to each frame of video clips from canonical films, the results strangely conflate the perceivable whole of the moving image with the component pixel. The heightened presence of the image actually allows the perception of edge, contour, and motion independent of color, content and subject. Clips were selected that involve a brief transition through architectural thresholds. The algorithm and results are documented below.
A portion of a single frame with the titling algorithm applied–full clip below
A single movie frame. (from Martin Scorsese's The Departed)
The frame area is divided into quadrants if the value range of the pixels in that area is beyond a threshold. Each new quadrant is then treated as a frame and the same analysis and division is repeated until all areas are nearly uniform in value.
The full frame is then scaled and placed in each grid.
Overlaying adjusting the brightness of each frame to correspond to the average value of the source frame area makes the collective image more legible.
Some clips are legible without the additional overlay of tone (clip from Martin Scorsese's The Departed)
(clip from Martin Scorsese's The Departed, 2006)
(clip from Norman Jewison's The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968)
(clip from Norman Jewison's The Thomas Crown Affair, 1968)
(clip from Martin Scorsese's The Departed)