Environmental Media Studies explored new ways of representing
landscape and place.
Moving Movie #1 (1977) was an inexpensive modest study made
at MIT. I was obsessed with why movie cameras move and movie projectors
dont, and filmed the Boston landscape with a Super8 movie
camera mounted on a slowly rotating turntable. The film is projected
using a continuous loop projector mounted on the same slowly rotating
turntable, using a translucent cylindrical screen so one can see
on both sides. The result is a very natural looking "flashlight
effect," with the frame rotating around the screen in sync
with the filmed material. As the projected image rotates around
the screen, direction and spatiality is maintained.
Dome Projections (1978) was driven by the urge to see if
an "inside out" panorama would "read" to the
human eye. Images were recorded with a Nikon camera fitted with
a 180 degree fisheye lens. The camera and lens were then converted
into a projector pointing upward, and a 36 inch diameter frosted
acrylic dome was placed on top. The fisheye image appeared as a
"northern hemisphere" to be viewed from the outside. So
rather than being inside the panorama looking out, viewers were
outside looking in.
Moving Movie #2 (1979) was an attempt to record the camera movement
during filming, then use the data to control the movement of the
projected image. The result was a movie that could move around a
space in any direction, based upon the original camera movement.