Row Row

In Row Row a photo of two men in a boat taken in Battersea Park is expanded and contracted both horizontally and vertically. The movement is mapped to a rising and falling soundtrack of creaking oars, creating a 'transparent', or reflexive illusion in which we perceive an on screen motion that approximates rowing but clearly is not. What begins as a semblance becomes a see-saw of pixels, testing the illusion to its limits. This is compounded by the ambiguity of causality in the sound and image relationship, with the noise of the oars not the result or product of the boatman’s exertions, but rather the picture seemingly animated by the audio.

Screened at Videolisboa, Lisbon, Portugal (2005), London Animation Club, London, UK (2013).