The unique combined media utilises a pioneering form of generative computer technologies to create large-scale moving image artworks. These SLOimage™ works extend the possibilities of film as a medium and art as an experience and sit in an evolving space between film, art, audio and technology.
With her production team, Fiennes brings to her art substantial experience of filmmaking and visual effects technology to create dynamic works which are able to perpetually self-generate in a continuous, non-predictable, ‘random’ cycle. This means that each viewing experience is enables a unique and spontaneous experience which is liberated from the need for any repetition or ‘looping’.
By utilising and combining cutting-edge coding technologies, Fiennes offers the artwork its own degree of autonomy. The SLOimage™ works are not edited together in the traditional linear film format, instead such decisions are given over to the engine. This means that the story-telling process is discharged from being fully dictated by the artist/director. The technology behind the work enables sequences and video/audio layers to be selected at random, in ‘real time’ from a substantial database of pre-rendered imagery.
Fiennes explains that these ‘hybrid’ works are neither “film” nor “video art”- but offer an experience which is closer to that of encountering a painting or still work of art. Since there is no fixed narrative or prescribed length, the viewer chooses how long they wish to spend with the work; “the point at which you encounter it and the time you choose to spend with it is the perfect time for you.” The result is both immersive and mesmeric.
Yugen is accompanied by a majestic, hypnotic music & sound score written and produced by composer Magnus Fiennes. Martha has collaborated with her brother Magnus with the first SLOimage™ work as well on both Martha’s previous movies. In a further expansion of the media’s generative dynamism, the Yugen engine self-selects and chooses audio tracks, depending on instructions. The creative interface between the siblings further broadens the impact and scope of the work.
The technological innovations used employed in the creation of the projects point to a new range of creative possibilities for filmmakers and artists working with the moving image.