36 Views of a Bridge

36 Views of a Bridge is an interactive film that uses time-lapse photography to explore the converging worlds surrounding Cleveland's Veterans' Memorial Bridge. The exhibit premiered at Ingenuity Festival 2009, where participants interacted with a state-of-the-art multi-touch user interface to vote on which scenes played next.

The exhibit received an encore presentation at Ingenuity Festival 2010 on the lower level of the Veterans' Memorial Bridge, the structure that is the focal point of the film. This showing presented the project as a single one-hour film and included a good deal of new footage.

Below are some short QuickTime videos; many more videos that are viewable on any system are available on my Vimeo page.

Our production company, 36 Views, offers professional time-lapse photography and video editing services. Please email us for inquiries.

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Multi-Touch Interface for Ingenuity Festival 2009:

More About the Project:

I have always admired Hokusai's 36 Views of Mt. Fuji and Hiroshige's later 100 Views of Mt. Fuji. Each woodcut has Mt. Fuji somewhere in the scene, but it is rarely the central focus of the composition. Instead, these artists focus on the myriad kinds of life and human endeavor that go on in Japan. Mt. Fuji is the visual and spiritual anchor to which all of these scenes are tied, a reminder of the way in which we are all connected. In this project I am using the Veterans' Memorial Bridge as a similar anchor for a study of Cleveland. Instead of woodcuts, time-lapse photography is my primary medium. Time-lapse photography has a unique ability to show us these emergent patterns that often unfurl at time scales too slow for us to notice. Over four seasons, I have filmed the bridge from multiple positions at different times of day and weather conditions. I have also filmed different transit routes that intersect the bridge location, and areas of Cleveland that relate to the bridge in more abstract ways. I try to show the patterns that we participate in, and emerge without our knowledge, and the diversity of paths that intersect at the bridge location, both real and metaphorical. As thousands of people live their individual lives, the city lives and breathes an emergent life of its own.

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