Rotating Time into Space

January 04, 2009 at 12:00 PM in: dance, time

Sometimes people refer to time as a "fourth dimension", which is true in some sense but also misleading since time is qualitatively different from the three spatial dimensions. You can rotate an object so its height becomes its length or width, but in the real world you can't rotate duration into depth.

MoFrames is a collection of images that do just that. The image on the right was constructed from a video of two swing dancers, with the background removed and each video frame shifted slightly forward and overlaid using a piece of software called Recreating Movement. The MoFrames site contains more examples including a page of videos that play with time, space, and motion in unusual ways.

(via kottke)

See also Golan Levin's list of slit-scan video art and research.