Laterial animation - this was the thought in our minds when we
came up with Pendulum.
The conceptual structure of Pendulum was based on a system of 4's.
The setup of involved 4 vertically mounted projection screens. Each
screen caught the images projected by a bank of 4 slide projectors,
for a total of 16 projectors. Each of the projectors contained the
image that made up 1/4 of the sequence to be projected on 1 screen.
Sequences were also loaded to be played laterally. This means that
1 projector from each bank would contain 1/4 of an animation that
would step from screen to screen.
This side to side motion of projected animations gave birth to
the name "pendulum". In addition, the mechanical nature
of a swinging pendulum, like that in tha case of a grandfather clock,
inspired us to contact mike the projectors and add the sudio of
the projectors themselves to the final audio mix.
Pendulum was debuted at the "Formula" event at SFMOMA
in May of 2000. In this first incarnation the screens were placed
at 45 degree angles to allow the audience space to walk between
them. The screens also reached from floor to ceiling and took on
a monolithic presence in the space.
The show was eventually stripped down to 3 screens and 12 projectors
in order to travel better. It waws presented in New York at the
Here Art Center, at Portaland State University, and back at home
in San Francisco for the the Transcinema 01 event at The Lab.