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 Stop Motion Studies 

David Crawford | Japanese
 
The “Stop Motion Studies” are a series of experimental documentaries that chronicle my interaction with subway passengers in cities around the world. The aim of the project is to create an international character study based on the aspects of identity that emerge.
  Stop Motion Studies - Tokyo  
Stop Motion Studies - Tokyo, 2004   
Installments

Stop Motion Studies - Series 13
In this remix of footage originally shot for previous installments in London, Paris, Boston, New York, and Tokyo, each installment’s modular structure has provided a library of building blocks that have been edited into a linear animation approximately 5 minutes long. The algorithmic montage constituting each clip’s DNA remains intact, while the individual sequences are now composited within a linear framework. The speed of the transitions is based on network connection speed.
 
 
Stop Motion Studies - Series 12   Stop Motion Studies - Series 12
All imagery was shot in Tokyo, Japan between 10:10 AM and 11:45 AM on October 29, 2003.
  Stop Motion Studies - Series 6   Stop Motion Studies - Series 6
All imagery was shot in New York City, USA on January 4, 2003.
 
 
Stop Motion Studies - Series 11   Stop Motion Studies - Series 11
All imagery was shot in Tokyo, Japan between 8:50 AM and 10:10 AM on October 29, 2003.
  Stop Motion Studies - Series 5   Stop Motion Studies - Series 5
All imagery was shot in New York City, USA on January 3, 2003.
 
 
Stop Motion Studies - Series 10   Stop Motion Studies - Series 10
All imagery was shot in Tokyo, Japan on the afternoon of October 28, 2003.
  Stop Motion Studies - Series 4   Stop Motion Studies - Series 4
All imagery was shot in Boston, USA between December 21 and December 22, 2002.
 
 
Stop Motion Studies - Series 9   Stop Motion Studies - Series 9
All imagery was shot in Tokyo, Japan on the morning of October 28, 2003.
  Stop Motion Studies - Series 3   Stop Motion Studies - Series 3
All imagery was shot in Paris, France between November 8 and November 11, 2002.
 
 
Stop Motion Studies - Series 8   Stop Motion Studies - Series 8
All imagery was shot in Tokyo, Japan on October 27, 2003.
  Stop Motion Studies - Series 2   Stop Motion Studies - Series 2
All imagery was shot in London, England between October 12 and October 15, 2002.
 
 
Stop Motion Studies - Series 7   Stop Motion Studies - Series 7
In this remix, I’ve taken previous material and added a meta-structure.
  Stop Motion Studies - Series 1   Stop Motion Studies - Series 1
All imagery was shot in Göteborg, Sweden between September 18 and October 7, 2002.
 
 
Artist’s Statement

It is said that 90% of human communication is non-verbal. In these photographs, the body language of the subjects becomes the basic syntax for a series of Web-based animations exploring movement, gesture, and algorithmic montage. Many sequences document a person’s reaction to being photographed by a stranger. Some smile, others snarl, still others perform. The camera, the net, and I are all characters in this setting. The project is not about the transparency of these actors, but about exploring them. This means probing socio-cultural boundaries within our emerging digital environment.

The Stop Motion Studies extend my long standing interest in narrative and, in particular, look at the subway as a stage upon which social dynamics and individual behavior are increasingly mediated by digital technology. As one of the most vibrant and egalitarian networks in our cities, subways bring people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds into close contact with each other. This process plays a significant role in shaping both the character of a city as well as our individual identities.

Related Links:
  • Read a review by Tony Reck, written in September 2004 for RealTime.
  • Read a Japanese review by Keita Matsubara, from the May 2004 issue of Web Designing.
  • Read a review by Bert Stabler, from an April 2004 issue of the Chicago Reader.
  • View a Canadian show entitled PAUSE that includes the Stop Motion Studies.
  • Read a review by Derek Fenner & Ryan Gallagher, from the Winter 2004 issue of Xcp: Streetnotes.
  • Read a French review by Marie Lechner, from the October 10, 2003 edition of Libération.
  • Read a Spanish review by Juan Gonzalo, from the May 2003 issue of Descubrir el Arte.
  • Read an interview conducted by Thomas Petersen in April 2003 for kopenhagen.dk.
  • Read an interview conducted by Helen Thorington in March 2003 for Turbulence.
  • View a complete body of work at Turbulence Artists’ Studios.
  • View the Turbulence homepage.
  • E-mail: crawford at stopmotionstudies.net
Biography

David Crawford   David Crawford (b. 1970, Riverside, CA) studied film, video, and new media at the Massachusetts College of Art and received a BFA in 1997. In 2000, his Light of Speed project was a finalist for the SFMOMA Webby Prize for Excellence in Online Art. In 2003, Crawford’s Stop Motion Studies project received an Artport Gate Page Commission from the Whitney Museum of American Art and an Award of Distinction in the Net Vision category at the Prix Ars Electronica. In 2004, he received an MSc from Chalmers University of Technology and became an Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  
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