This looping video explores ways in which our future is interpreted by film. The video is a visualization of a colour diary examining fashion and colour in futuristic context in the following films: The Matrix, Space Jam, Ex-Machina, Barbarella, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Clockwork Orange, Men in Black 3, Tron, Blade Runner, Blade Runner:2049, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Mad Max: Fury Road, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Thor: Ragnorok, The Fifth Element, and Her. While viewing the films I documented impactful moments using my cellphone and the Boomerang app. The app collected a one-second loop repeating for four seconds from the moments I selected. I chose the clips as aesthetic representations of stylistically iconic scenes, not solely based on costume design.
Using my cell phone to film a movie that is playing on my laptop, then adding additional filters before bringing them back onto my laptop to edit, was a way to observe a dialogue between multiple technologies. Each step in creating my colour diary required a back-and-forth between the devices and software. This dialogue impacted the final resolution and appearance of the footage collected.
For the final solution I created a complete loop that gives the impression of dripping water. The circles expand from the centre of the composition. The viewer can never see a complete loop before the next one expands overtop of it. I segmented the clips based on colour and energy and divided them by an expansive black circle. The black appears to consume the preceding frames, yet after a moment they the film loops start again. Reflecting our postmodern state and its realization in futuristic narratives, I wanted to create a sense of urgency, fragmentation, and perpetual motion.