Remixing Hellicar & Lewis One Pixel At A Time

Sharing the creative process and the finished product of their work is an important part of their practice for British interactive design studio Hellicar & Lewis. Upon completing a project, the duo always releases their code open source, encouraging others to crack it open and experiment with it, as they explained in our Creators profile of them.

While Berlin-based artist Mickael Le Goff didn’t choose to raid their bountiful Github page, he did choose to riff off their interactive dance performance Divide By Zero for his latest project, Warped Ondulations. Using a loop of footage from Hellicar & Lewis’ documentation video of the performance, Le Goff created a software in Processing that would allow him to play every single line of pixels of the video at a slightly different speed.

He explains:

A 16 seconds loop is getting distorted during 6 minutes. The bottom line is played at a normal speed, the second a bit slower, the third even more and so on. Except some color grading, no more post processing has been applied. The beauty of this dancer body, starting as the original to morph into this elastic body and finally disapearing [sic] into a kind of smoke has been a really satisfiying [sic] result.

The final product is a nice reinterpretation of the original dance performance, isolating a small portion of the 18-minute long piece but capturing the general feel and spirit. Set to the song A Drifting Up by Jon Hopkins , it serves both as homage to the work of Hellicar & Lewis and a new, unique, visual expression using found material on the web.

You can view the full video clip of the original performance below: