“Spatial montage represents an alternative to traditional cinematic temporal
montage, replacing its traditional sequential mode with a spatial one. Ford’s
assembly line relied on the separation of the production process into a set of
repetitive, sequential, and simple activities. The same principle made computer
programming possible: a computer program breaks a tasks into a series of
elemental operations to be executed one at a time. Cinema followed this logic of
industrial production as well. It replaced all other modes of narration with a
sequential narrative, an assembly line of shots which appear on the screen one at a
time. A sequential narrative turned out to be particularly incompatible with a
spatial narrative which played a prominent role in European visual culture for
centuries.” -Manovich (2001)
#WhiteElkTracer is artistic research exploring virtual space as the site of creative production; rather then uploading inferior representations of our lived experience it is about contructing new digital realities, mythologies and culture.
Traditional photography process is based on the strict adherence to a prescribed sequence. This research examines the sequence; Appropriate, Decimate and Disseminate. Adding daily entries to the blog nudenida.wordpress.com for five weeks the process became refined into an editing protocol using Photoshop and free android photo editing applications, Cymera, Glitch! and Glitchr. This sequence creates cool looking photos and shall be called the Cool Editing Protocol or CEP.
If virtual space is public space then the camera of the virtual tourist is, right click, save to desktop, a term for this type of photography is appropriation. To take a snapshot of the virtual world you can take a screen shot or right click and save to desktop or point your camera at the screen and take a picture. Use Photoshop to create a montage of images.
Share the image to android photo editing app like Cymera to apply Cellophane filter, an analogy of the Harris shutter. The effect is produced in analog photography by re-exposing the same frame of film through red, green and blue filters in sequence generating a prism around anything moving within the frame. The android filter simulates the effect and applies a soft black border to the image which suggests the CYMK color modal, an early development in offset color printing. The visual references to the history of mechanical image reproduction is part of what makes this protocol cool, it is rooted in media.
Next, add a “touch of glitch.” using android application Glitch! developed by Luca Grillo. The app gives a glitch alike effect, mostly in the form of horizontal tears and shifts in hue and saturation. Tappity tap the tablet screen until a few well placed horizontal fragmentations strategically disrupted. The glitched image and offer a reference to the early development of the digital object.
Now share the image with another free android photo editing app Glitchr, among the several retro analogy filters apply the VHS filter with no text or tears. This reference to VHS is important to the the cool quotient as it suggests television and early video art.
Share the image with Cymera to add +7 Retro filter, an homage to Instagram but mostly for irony. Any manifestation of cool contains +7 of irony. Reduce saturation, as needed, to get a slightly washed out look, because memory is faded and voila the Cool Editing Protocol or CEP.