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Chris Welsby:

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Chris Welsby:
Films and Installations

A Systems View of
Nature

Complex Systems
Structural Film
Chris Welsby
Chaos Theory
Edward Norton Lorenz
(1917-2008)
The study of non-linear events and dynamics in which seemingly random events are actually predicatble from deterministic equations

Chaos theory refers to an apparent lack of order in a system that nevertheless obeys particular rules and laws

"Systems, no matter how small and complex rely on an underlying otder
Lorenz Attractor
Systems Theory
Santiago Theory (1978)
" This proposes a concept of cognition in which the
mind as a separate "thinking thing" is abandoned
in favor of a model in which mind is not separate
but part of a process, the process of cognition
which characterizes the existence of life...The relationship between mind and brain, therefore, is one between process and structure..."
Systems Art
Emerged as the 1st wave of the conceptual art movement
Reflection on natural systems, social systems and social signs of the art world itself
Umbrella for

Antiform movement
Cybernetic Art
Generative Systems
Process Art
Systems Aesthetic
Systemic Art
Systemic Painting and Sculptures
Systemic Art
Lawrence Alloway Installing "Systemic Painting", 1996
Structural Film
1. Fixed Camera Position

2. Flicker Effect

3. Loop Printing

4. Re-Photography off screen
Windmill II (1973)
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4y6gp_chris-welsby-windmill-ii-1973_shortfilms
Trees in Winter (2006)
THE INSTALLATION
Changing Light
(2004)
"In my single screen films and single channel videos the mechanics of film and video interact with the landscape in such a way that elemental processes—such as changes in light, the rise and fall of the tide or changes in wind direction—are given the space and time to participate in the process of representation. The resulting sequences of images make it possible to envisage a relationship between technology and nature based on principles other than exploitation and domination.”

- http://www.sfu.ca/~welsby/Intro.htm
Questions
2. This week's readings focus on the "process" of composition as pivotal for the art practice and meaning. The process of collecting visuals in Welsby's films is synonymously gathered by pre-determined camera positioning and dependent on natural forces that effect and "edit" the visuals. What do you think about the relationship between the process of gathering the initial footage and the process involved in the installation period? Do you think they are at all separate, or considered as one continuous process of representation?
3. Language is inseparably connected to technology and syntax is possibly a by product of more complex tool-making procedures. The interaction of nature with technology in Welsby's films deals with tools, by also the language of abstract material processes ( which as syntactic devices are inseparably connected to the meaning of the work). In considering this idea, where do human participants/viewers fit in with this syntactic relationship when viewing e installations? Do they?
1. In reflection, how do the ideas of the interactive possibilities between art, nature and technology influence your ideas surrounding complex systems and modes of process?
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