If there’s a sight that most of us are used to seeing, it’s pedestrians walking down a street. It’s usually a mundane, everyday occurrence but in the hands of artist Nohista it becomes a canvas to reformat into an audiovisual performance.
In his piece Layers he turns footage of people walking around Montreal into fractured, looping montages—remixing space and time so these pedestrians jump around the frame, leaping, spiraling, and multiplying, or become electronic ghosts creating visual feedback across the screen. A familiar sight becomes something experimental and entertaining and musical.
The video above is just a teaser of the whole performance which lasts for 25 minutes. Nohista explains:
Layers is an audio/visual performance about perception and memory, with the goal of creating a choreography for a digital crowd. Using audio-video fragments of anonymous pedestrians, Nohista confronts the public with his personal experience of the urban crowd.
Here, space and time are dissolved through tables and reassembled throughout a partition where the audio and visual material becomes an instrument, propelling the viewer into an evanescent universe.
[via Create Digital Motion]