Slip, 2006

Permanent installation of Slip, a generative video, in a private art collection.

Slip, Installation View 1
Slip, Installation View 2, Contemporary Video Art
Slip, Installation View 1
Slip, Installation View 2
Slip, Installation View 2, Contemporary Video Art
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Slip, Installation View 3
Slip, Installation View 3, Contemporary Video Art
Video Project Room, Catharine Clark Gallery
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Previously, Slip, was exhibited in the Video Project Room at Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco. Slip is a single-channel generative video portrait. Schatz designed custom software that takes a live feed from a. video camera in order to create a generative, interactive, video artwork run on a computer.

As the artwork runs over time, the camera captures and sends live video to a computer. Whenever the artwork is running, complex computer software is analyzing the space the artwork is in. The artwork records video files to memory based on a series of factors. The artwork Slip uses these video files as the raw material necessary to complete the work of art.

Both live and historical video are processed using chance and algorithms to determine behavior and movement. In order to create an archive of videos for as long as the artwork records, the computer must determine each day what will be saved and removed. Much like our memory, the video files for Slip, a generative video artwork, start to inform one another as well as our own memories. The artwork constantly reworks the archive, manipulating and altering, creating a slippage in time and memory.

These recordings become material for the artwork to create a chance-driven narrative. Building a series of “memories” created through intersecting windows shown on an high-definition television monitor. View another work installed with Catharine Clark Gallery here.