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Compressed Cinema: Casey Reas & Jan St. Werner
Anthology Film Archives
New York City, NY
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"Compressed Cinema" is the series title for the five audiovisual works created by Casey Reas and Jan St. Werner. All imagery was created by Casey Reas in the tradition of experimental films that use existing films as raw materials. The "Compressed Cinema" suite is an inversion of Ken Jacobs 1969 film "Tom, Tom, the Pipers Son," which expanded the short 1905 film of the same name from 8 to 115 minutes through meticulous rephotography, repetition, and editing. In contrast, each "Compressed Cinema" video distills a feature-length film into a work of less than ten minutes. The resultant video is a complete reimaging of a film through a process of transformation and editing.  The collection of five videos created to date are the result of over three years of experimentation and developing new techniques for creating cinematic media with generative adversarial networks (GANs).

Each video is a true collaboration between Casey Reas and composer Jan St. Werner. Werners compositions augment the transmutation of imagery in and out of recognition by adapting computer-generated sounds with granular synthesis, a technique that transforms acoustic events into microscopic grains to be arranged and modulated freely. The final culmination of visuals and sound mimics a discernible lexicon of film while establishing a new, multi-sensory expression of cinema.

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Anthology Film Archives (View)
32 Second Avenue
New York City, NY 10003
United States


Arts > Multidisciplinary
Film > Premiers

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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