Along the Line – Florian Grond’s linear space-time recordings

A little bench next to a pink orchid – Florian Grond, Austrian artist, scientist and ZKM alumni, offers visitors to Along the Line a friendly, but calculated spot to sit down in front of his abstract, wider than wide video projection. Once they do they inevitably become part of it. Captured by a small camera that feeds a Pd/GEM patch people present emerge as blotchy, seismographic disturbances within an otherwise steady horizontal stream of vertical lines. Each line – representing one of 18 camera images recorded per second – starts as a fractal square on the far right of the screen. As the square untangles towards the center, the camera image dissolves, straightens and eventually merges with the continuous memory pattern on the left. Technically, Along the Line is a series of curves. It is their curious space-filling behavior, a century-old mathematical phenomenon, that Grond has been fascinated with for years.

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