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Before I came to the Metal Lab I had been working to create an animation that would connect light to duration and time and explore an idea of exposure in digital format. The lab offerred a great site to try out the apparatus. The were some nice windows with a view out to the amazing estuarine vista, there was a buzz of activity in the space in front of the window so the opportunity was there.
The apparatus itself would monitor light levels coming through the window using a light dependant resistor. This went through a micro-controller, into the software and would in turn control the brightness and contrast of an image captured through a video camera and then the frequency at which the images were captured. When the images were captured they were uploaded to a server where they could be captured and compiled into a stop-frame animation.
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The apparatus created a space for me to have many conversations and reflect on the critical environment of the labs and begin to take apart and address the individual elements of the work and how they interact with this idea of software culture.
My conclusion is something like…. why am I trying to create a device to capture an image in response to light when I have a camera already?