FRESH 2019 ONLINE SHOWCASE

CINDY KONITS — MEMOIRE INVOLUNTAIRE ALGORITHMIC VARIATIONS

 

PROJECT STATEMENT

The 8mm family films c1940 mined for the MEMOIRE INVOLUNTAIRE project were created many years before I was born and stirred a traumatic sense of loss when I identified individuals in my immediate family. Amplifying memory fragments recognized in small degraded still frames with digital painting to enhance and enlarge them, I tangibly interact with vivid memory and time long past. Generative algorithms then redesign the still frames incorporating randomness, mimicking Proust's 'Memoire Involuntaire', the recognition of the past in the present moment, and similarly, the maintenance and continual re-integration of memory with present experience by neural pathways in the brain.

PRINT INFORMATION: Archival Pigment Prints | 2018 | 16.5”x16.5” image on 22”x17 sheet | Edition: 5+2AP.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Viewing 8mm family film in frame-by-frame playback I discovered details otherwise invisible at the normal playback rate of moving images. I selected the most revealing to enhance and enlarge significantly with digital painting, (approx. 10,000 per cent). A customized algorithm scanned each pixel of the enhanced still frame, sorting pixels in rows according to either hue, saturation, or grayscale values. The image generated by the algorithm is then blended with the painted still frame to create an algorithmic variation of it.

ARTIST BACKGROUND

Cindy Konits is a new media artist exploring family history, memory, and identity in the face of evolving technologies. She taught photography and video art at Stevenson University, Maryland for 15 years. Cindy created film, including “The Way I See It” about a family legacy involving Albert Einstein, screening at 19 film festivals worldwide, CD-ROM: “The I for Pleasure” at The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore MD and solo traveling photography shows include “Now I See Kiev in My Dreams" and “The Best Woman for the Job”, both funded by NEH and NEA through the Maryland Humanities and Maryland Arts Councils.

For additional information about Cindy Konits: www.cindykonits.com