The Operations series is derived from the audiovisual performance of the same name.
The starting point for this piece is the programming of traditional drum machine grid patterns, a type of musical score. The master grid is projected on the screen as a visual representation of the currently playing pattern. However, this pattern is never static, as on a traditional drum machine, but can be continually and seamlessly altered via the mixer.
This projected grid is then subjected to a series of visual transformations, some automated and synchronized to the beat of the audio program, some as a consequence of performer control. The resultant images accumulate on the screen, creating a series of paintings that depict the virtual space of the drum pattern through time.
Using a different technique from the live animation system, but employing the same underlying engine, I generated a series of ten digital c prints from the video stream.
Operations has been exhibited at Pentimento Gallery, Toronto Image Works, and the Queen West Art Crawl.