Patrick Lichty

Artist
Educator
Writer
Activist

For some time, some of my critical writing involved musings about portable devices and ubiquitous computing. With the advent of the of personal devices like PDA's, personal GPS, pagers, and cellular phones, channels for technological artistsic expression were surely broadening.

 

In early 2000, I purchased a Casio WQV-1 WristCam watch on a whim, and it has become one fo my favorite tools. It is simultaneously the embodiment of technological determinism and its antithesis, as it was once the 'next big thing', and also a device that challenges the idea that digital art is about resolution and verisimilitude (as the WQV-1 is black and white at 100x100 pixels resolution), thus resembling older technologies such as 1980's style personal computers.

 

PROCESS

Currently, I have over 3000 images on file that were taken with the WQV. As I was experimenting with it around the first half of 2000, I noticed that I could make crude video with serial imagery, which hearkened back to a digital Muybridge sort of effect. Thus numerous sequences were assembled in Premiere and saved as digital video.

 

The result was that at some point I had spliced together nearly five minutes of video, and somehow it all seemed to fit into a narrative of free association, if one were to take a page from Dulac's process of Surrealist filmmaking.

 

Also, I had been looking at new media that was being created using retro-tech, and came across a series of musical pieces by The 8 Bit Construction Set, which inspired me to consider making a series of short video artworks based on the work based on music video formats used in Haymarket Riot.

 

In the case of these videos, a point of departure is chosen from a fairly well- known piece of postmodern theory, and then is juxtaposed with a hyperbolic narrative that I feel represents the hysterical nature of post-9/11 culture. Therefore, the first three videos flicker between lucidity and hallucination through a dim mirror of the pinhole digital lens of my watch camera.