Albert Hwang

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Liquid Cam (Nov, 2007)

Whenever I watch dance online, I’m always painfully aware of how different the experience is compared to being in front of the real dancers in 3d space. These two videos highlight an aspect of liquid (rave dancing) that looks just plain different when presented through film: flow.

Film has a static frame, and all the contents of a film are compositionally relative to the frame. Contrastingly, dancers are constantly framing and re-framing the information that they are trying to communicate. By pinning the focal point of the dance in the center of the frame, these videos open up the possibility for a new compositional framework.

The two videos are the exact same footage, just scaled differently to convey the different relationships that the focal point has with the hands and the body.