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Temporal Experimentation

by Erik Loyer

Here is an experiment that gets at some of the territory I’m personally interested in exploring with digital comics. I shot the video in the first panel back in 1992 with my first video camera. It's me walking around a lake in my home town. I shot the video in the second panel in 2014. It's me walking around a lake in the city where I live now. The third panel, an interactive panel, prompts me to use my fingers to take steps. Each virtual step I take animates the motion of the other panels, first of the older footage, then of the newer footage, and then both of them together, synchronized. Here we’re seeing a comic-style temporal map that fuses both serial and parallel forms of time, that makes use of rhythm and musicality, and perhaps hints at a story yet to be revealed. What are we walking away from? What are we walking towards?

Lakewalk interactive split screen

An iPad-based experiment in interactive split screen which combines the temporal mapping of comics, the spatial montage of split screen cinema, and touchscreen interactivity in the form of footsteps that drives the temporality of both.

from Lakewalk (2014)
Creator: Erik Loyer
Distributor: Erik Loyer
Posted by Erik Loyer
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