A web camera feed is manipulated through the software Unity to create an effect that freezes video frames and continuously prints new moving frames atop previous ones, creating painting trails from the movement on camera. This painting effect is a reference to the early 2000s visual aesthetic of Brody Condon’s Adam Killer (1999), and a common Windows XP system error that would generate the same trail effect using the computer’s search windows and cursors. The formal composition of “Field of View” references the primary-colored shapes signature of the Bauhaus movement, specifically the work of Oskar Schlemmer who augmented and extended the human form through sculptural costumes and formal choreographic explorations of space and time. Additionally, there are text references to the Fluxus movement – “Lettuce Manifesto” (Al Hansen, 1970), and “ManifestAR: an augmented reality manifesto” (John Craig Freeman, 2011).
“Field of View” is part of Olafson’s MÆ – Motion Aftereffect series.