Cut Stories

A multi-monitor, semi-circular video installation, in which all monitors function as one elongated screen showing past, present and future, using custom software to playback short real stories of surgeries, home repair and car accidents told by the participants, who document themselves while also being shot by a pair of mechanized cameras.

I used Max, MSP and Jitter to drive the whole installation, jumping between clips according to an EDL from Final Cut and a master sound file, and most importantly tiling "past" and "future" frames from a clip next to each other on adjacent screens, controlled by a network of computers, to create a seamless, synchronized panorama of a large group of people and their responses to a story being told.

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