The Narrative 2006

A digital slideshow by Rune Peitersen, 2006

In my works I look at the relationship between what we see and how this information is elaborated upon by our mind. The imprint or interpretation of the information, which reaches our consciousness as conscious thought, is an amalgamation of the information presented and ones own intellectual, emotional and physical baggage.

The Narrative is a computer projection that tries to question the historical value of personal memories.

The slideshow consists of four frames on a black background, projected by a single beamer or presented on a single widescreen monitor. Each frame represents a time interval during a 24 hour day (1st frame 6:00-11:59, 2nd frame 12:00-17:59, 3rd frame 18:00-23:59, 4th frame 24:00-5:59). Each frame has a corresponding folder containing photos taken within the specific timeframe. The photos are taken from the artist’s archive of digital photos from 2002-present, and is continually updated.

The photos are projected at random to the designated frame, thus creating representations of full days. The time a photo stays in a frame is also randomly selected between 3 preset timeslots, i.e. 3, 5 or 8 seconds. The four frames resemble a cartoon, and are easily ‘read’ in the same way. The photos are all black&white, both to allow easier reading as well as to suggest that they represent the past.

The brain’s eagerness to act as a ‘void-filler’ (looking for, creating or applying meaning to input, no matter how disparate this may be), ensures that the viewer quickly establishes associative links between some or all of the photos in a given sequence. These can be of a formal, structural or emotional nature depending on the images, the sequence and the viewer. However, because of the constant changing of the photos, the associations or narratives are terminated or transformed almost as soon as they appear, and due to the amount of possible permutations (>100.000.000), in effect lost forever.

I would like the viewer to question whether his own ‘memory archive’ isn’t, in fact also in a constant state of flux, and if that’s the case, how then do we determine the veracity and validity of our own memory as well as the narratives and decisions based on personal historical events.
click here for a video impression (requires quicktime)

Programmed using Pure Data version 0.38.4-extended-RC8, GEM ver: 0.90
This must be installed in order to view the slideshow. At present the slideshow is app. 33 Mb.

Thanks to Klaas van Gorkum for help with Pd.

Realized with the support of The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Architechture and Design.

All photos in the slideshow are copyright of Rune Peitersen.