Arnait Video Productions: A Conversation with Marie-Hélène Cousineau

Arnait Video Productions: A Conversation with Marie-Hélène Cousineau” is now available online at INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media as part of the “Back and Forth” interview series. This interview traces Arnait Video Productions almost 30-year history from the formation of the collective to its current feature film productions.

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“We were called Arnait Ikajurtigiit – which translates to ‘women helping each other.’ Arnait was very loose, there was no need to be a member, whoever came was part of the group.”

“There was a fragility to the workshop. Everyone was so busy with their lives, their children and their life condition, and we didn’t have an office or much equipment, so to do this work was very delicate. It was strong, but delicate at the same time. It was something that we needed to really pay attention to because if we stopped, it would be nothing. People would still live and tell stories but it wouldn’t be on video. To make it work, it needed a lot of attention.”

– Marie-Hélène Cousineau on Arnait Video Productions

 

Phosphortron Now Available for Download

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Phosphortron, a video instrument that simulates the phosphor trails found in analog cathode ray tube (CRT) oscilloscopes and television monitors, co-created with Eric Souther is now available for free download at:  https://github.com/EricSouther/Phosphortron

Phosphortron uses a computer vision technique called frame difference, which compares the current frame versus the previous frame and analyzes change based on a threshold pixel by pixel. The trail duration function controls how long previous information stays on screen before fading away the simulated phosphors. Edge detection is utilized in conjunction with frame difference, to isolate and accentuate the outlines to loosen the raster image towards the simulated aesthetics of vector drawing.

The Mac and Pc Build is also available as open source at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/egyknqgwfl8f2ww/Phosphortron.app.zip?dl=0

 

Residency at Signal Culture

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I’ll be a researcher-in-residence at Signal Culture during March 2019, where I’ll be continuing my research on a media art history of phosphor. The system at Signal Culture is home to a number a number of unique video tools and synthesizers including a Hearn, Wobbulator and a one-of-a-kind Jones Raster Manipulator. I’ll also be investigating the temporality of phosphor persistence using Phosphortron, an app co-created with Eric Souther, which simulates  phosphor trails in real-time.

Article: “Responsive Aesthetics: Remediating Digital-to-Analog Television Converters as Artist Tools”

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“Responsive Aesthetics: Remediating Digital-to-Analog Television Converters as Artist Tools,a paper I co-wrote with Jason Bernagozzi and Eric Souther, has been published in the October 2018 issue of the  Journal of Artistic Research. The paper focuses on our research and conversion of a digital-to-analog converter box into a real-time datamoshing tool (pictured above)