Artist Research #4: Digital Age Artistes/Designers : Charlie Clark (Interactive Designer) , Bredan Dawes (Designer / Artist), Andy Willis (Designer / Artist)

Big bang data

I got interested in working with analogue and converting to a digital output through one of the work (Cinema Redux) by Bredan Dawes at the Big Bang Data exhibition in the Art Science Musuem. The idea of using a huge collection of data to translate an overall emotion and to provide another point of view that creates a dialogue with the audience is an output that I felt would work with what I am trying to portray at the end.

1.) Charlie Clark

A site designed and developed by Charlie Clark exploring the use of color in movies.

How It Works:

  •  A bash script runs ffmpeg to export frames from a video file.
  • The frame rate of the exports depends on the length of the video.
  • The bash script then calls a PHP script which extracts the average color from each frame.
  • The results are spit out as a JSON file with the hex values in an array.
  • The front-end runs on backbone, and presents the color data.
  • Navigate the colors in a number of ways, and compare the color to each frame.

2.)Bredan Dawes

Vertigo by Stanley Kubrick



“Cinema Redux creates a single visual distillation of an entire movie; each row represents one minute of film time, comprised of 60 frames, each taken at one second intervals. The result is a unique fingerprint of an entire movie, born from taking many moments spread across time and bringing all of them together in one single moment to create something new.”

3.)Andy Willis

Wall-E (left), Moonrise Kingdom (right)










A Python-based project that conceptualizes classic movies not in words or storyboards, but highly-detailed color patterns.

It translates every second of a film into a single block of color, based on a composite of every frame within that second. These blocks are then arranged in chronological order for every film, with 60 in each row (representing one minute of screen time). The result is a massive, pixelated map that allows viewers to visualize the chromatic contours of a film in a single glance.

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