"In this work by Battey sound and images generate and influence one another, creating a magma constantly transforming in terms of light and colour, an evocative and tactile kaleidoscope, saturated and evanescent, at times about to liquefy, at others to explode like air."
— Invideo 2006, Milan
Continuing an approach started with my work cMatrix10 (2004), I produced the visuals for Autarkeia Aggregetum through the massed animation of individual points. There are no splices or cuts in the video; it unfolds from beginning to end through the continuous movement and transformation of over 11,000 points. Similarly, the audio emphasizes ebb and flow between different states, minimizing hard edges and events.
When seeking a title for the piece, I turned to the Monadology — the philosopher Leibniz’s theory of fundamental particles of reality (monads). I appropriated the two words from that work: autarkeia (Greek) for self-sufficiency, and aggregatum (Latin) meaning joined, aggregated. The terms together appropriately suggest an aggregation of the activities of autonomous entities. More subtly, a resonance with Classicism draws me to the words. The resonance is one of an inner fullness of being expressed outwardly in elegant, self-sufficient restraint.
I produced the sound for Autarkeia Aggregetum with the help of the musical composition and synthesis programming languages Common Lisp Music (by Bill Shotstaedt) and Common Music (by Rick Taube). A primary tool was my Pitch Curve Analysis and Composition toolkit (PICACS) for providing naturalistic and expressive glissandi and continuous-pitch melodies.
I initially developed the visual effects method using the Java programming environment Processing (by Ben Fry and Casey Reas). I then translated the algorithm into a plug-in for Apple’s Motion 2 video effects software.
Duration: 9 minutes 30 seconds
This work was authored in high-definition video 720p (1280 x 720), and it relies heavily on the high color and pixel resolution of HD. It can be presented using Quicktime Pro 7.0 or better on a Mac G5 Dual 1.8 Ghz processor or faster. Alternative versions are available for G4 playback or (as a last resort!) standard DVD playback (PAL or NTSC).
Special Mention - Festival Internacional de la Imagen, Departamento de Diseño Visual de la Universidad de Caldas, Manizales, Colombia