INFLECTIONS is a generative system that temporally rearranges video sequences. The technical concept depends on the idea of a one-dimensional pseudo-random walk. We consider a movie timeline as a path. The program identifies a set of “inflection points” along this path. An inflection point is a moment without motion. At each inflection point, the software decides in real-time whether to go forward or backwards using a pseudo-random algorithm. It therefore temporally reorders the original sequence. This approach radically alters the images’ affective character, making them appear hesitant and uncertain. It shows how cinematic time determines the expressive meaning of images. The pseudo-random formula has tunable parameters which may produce diverse visual results. Different versions can thus be shown side by side, illustrating how the original sequence was only one out of many possible orderings. This method was inspired by the idea of possible worlds in modern logic.
A video explanation of the project can be found here:
A more comprehensive description of the project is available on my webpage: