Tracer Fire came and went. Thanks to everyone who came and saw the installation and the great feedback I received.
Here's the animation shown via Vimeo. You can read the press release and see hi-res images at the links below.
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TRACER FIRE (©Joel Newman 2011) from Joel Newman on Vimeo.
Inspired by the phosphorescent trail of tracer bullets in the night sky Tracer Fire explores the juxtaposition between the beauty and violence of ballistic weapons - their mesmerizing, burning trail belying their destructiveness upon impact, and the highly-wrought nature of their machinery at odds with the havoc they wreak.
An installation piece projected simultaneously onto the surfaces of a darkened room, the experience is one of being caught in a crossfire or at a fireworks display. The immersive work also exploits the concept of persistence of vision, as our eyes fill up with afterimages, adding another dimension to the piece.
Tracer Fire is the latest video work by artist Joel Newman, whose previous work has been shown at the ICA and Whitechapel Art Gallery, and who has taught Video at the Architectural Association School since 1998. The AA School was one of the first organisations to adopt video as a design as well as a recording tool and has had a specific Video department since 1968.
The video, which was a year in the making, uses motion graphics, with each frame of the animation hand-drawn on a tablet using a digital pen. Each minute of the 20-minute film equates to around 1,500 individual frames, with the whole requiring around 30,000 hand-drawn images.
click here for online press release:
hi res images here:
19th September till 26 October 2011
Back Members Room, Architectural Association School Of Architecture
36 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3ES
AA Exhibition website
Born Hertfordshire, England 1971. Studied Fine Art at Reading University between 1990 and 1994. Has taught Video at the Architectural Association since 1998.
Exhibited video works at various galleries and events including the Architectural Association, The Architecture Foundation, Gasworks Gallery, ICA (Cybersalon), Pandaemonium Biennial of Moving Images, Whitechapel Art Gallery and Sao Paulo Biennale of Alternative Art and Music.
October 2006 Co-Curator in New Media Research Initiative at the Architectural Association with Theo Spyropoulos and Vasilis Stroumpakos .
April 2008 First Year students at AA produce 31x 1min animations.
Recent videos on VIMEO
fanspin 3mins (work in progress) 07-09 from Joel Newman on Vimeo.
untitled animation (October 2009 white on black, 1min) from Joel Newman on Vimeo.
First 14 Video. 2:20 Joel Newman 2003 from Joel Newman on Vimeo.
The Gas (re-worked 2009) from Joel Newman on Vimeo.
A VIDEO TIMELINE