Jiggery Pokery

Continuing the vein of exploration began with A Rocco Din, in Jiggery Pokery a JPEG of two highland dancers is animated using digital data that also produces a traditional highland jig. The vertical and horizontal stretching of the image creates a
somewhat comedic and exaggerated illusion of movement, a distorted approximation of a highland dance.

The stretching technique is a digital update of one first used in the 1920s. When seeking a way of animating their scrolls, visual music pioneers Richter and Eggeling painted shapes directly onto thin rubber sheets, and then asked Richter's brothers and sisters to pull the sheets vertically and horizontally, thereby creating animated movement. Though discarded at the time as unsatisfactory, the same method applied digitally is at the heart of contemporary post-production node-based digital compositing applications such as NUKE. Here the distortion was purposely kept relatively crude, making the animated movement only just plausible to help foreground the artifice. As with A Rocco Din, there is an intentional ambiguity about audio-visual causality, with the two dancers not so
much dancing to the music as being danced by it.

Selected for One Minute Volume 1, screened at: Cog Collective, London, UK. Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany.
Roxy Nod, Prague, Czech Republic. OUTVIDEO Video Arts Festival, Russia.
Hornsey Town Hall, Crouch End, London, UK. The Hull International Short
Film Festival, Hull, UK. The Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany (2007 - 2008).

Also shown at: Memorial Art Gallery, Hastings, UK (2009), London Animation Club, London, UK (2013).