conversation series, no. 01-03, 2020
no. 01 (ansi letter/paper size a: aspect ratio ≈1.294)
no. 02 (binary)
no. 03 (consecutive)
a collaborative project with stephanie williams
qr code/gif animation
american national standards institute (ansi), paper size a — ubiquitous size and ratio at home and in business — the shape enters without thought. the feel of a gorgeous clean, thick, bright page in your hand. the smell out of a copier or printer. warm. fresh, if not slightly chemical-ed.
a presented printed page contains information. there is a beauty to the precision of margin, size and quality of font, blocked paragraphs framed, words and images plotted on the page often by design. often not.
the qr code never took off in this country as in other parts of the world. point and click yourself to another space. with seamless ease and without much consideration. spacial dimensions from screen to page to screen present a blip in time. a hiccup in action. a pause — like a pull of the bus stop indicator, or an illuminated check engine light.
with this in mind, two artists converse — meander — play — distill. as crude as word leaves mouths on glitchy lockdown screens, conversations shift when one can see themselves talking back. another blip — hiccup — sneeze. a frozen frame.
three august conversations (in order): ansi letter/paper size a: aspect ratio ≈1.294; binary; consecutive. respectively distilled into three terse animations. part critique, part homage, part play — these moving images tied to their distinct qr codes are meant to take conversation to a more conceptual space. one converses through devices, on devices, with devices. moments fall into place beyond a matrix or standard — blips within understanding subsets of movements — face, body, tone, mouth, lips.
mix with pandemic chaos and all the subsequent affects globally, nationally, locally. we converse to exchange ideas. to share ourselves. to be heard. to be understood. these humble gestures exist in the ether so that they may be visited in consideration of continuing conversation. they are distilled to their essence into a repetitious action of ritual, sustenance, livelihood and passage.