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26 June 2010 | 2010.1, a new time-based work

I just finished the final rendering of the time-based work that I mentioned at the end of a previous post. I completed much of the work on this piece while in Salina.

2010.1 from Kenneth A. Huff on Vimeo. If you can, watch it full-screen, HD on and Scaling off.

The piece is a single-channel, 1920x1080, 24 fps, 25 minutes. Shown above is a 2-minute excerpt.

Here are some stills from the piece. Click on each for a full image.

Still from 2010.1; Kenneth A. Huff; 2010.

Still from 2010.1; Kenneth A. Huff; 2010.

Still from 2010.1; Kenneth A. Huff; 2010.

Still from 2010.1; Kenneth A. Huff; 2010.

Update: On the technical side, I used Side Effects Software’s Houdini and Adobe After Effects to create the piece. For the main surface, I used the Houdini Ocean Toolkit by Drew Whitehouse, based on the algorithms of Jerry Tessendorf. A custom shader was applied to the surface and an initial base rendering was created using Houdini’s hardware rendering. The base frames were rendered at 1.5 times final size (2880x1620). Those frames then were finished in After Effects. Total render time for 36,000 frames was approximately 250 hours.

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
— Khalil Gibran

15 June 2010 | Projection installations in Salina, Kansas

This month, I was commissioned by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission to create projection installations in the downtown area of Salina, Kansas. Under a larger project, “Street Sites”, I installed time-based projections at two sites.

The first, based on 2009.2, was installed in four windows of the offices of the Arts and Humanities Commission, on the second floor, east side of the Smoky Hill Museum, 211 West Iron Avenue.

Kenneth A. Huff; 2009.2; Projection installation; Salina, Kansas; June 2010.

The four synchronized, proportionally-spaced panels were extracted from a larger image, especially for the site.

Kenneth A. Huff, 2009.2.

Kenneth A. Huff; 2009.2; Projection installation; Salina, Kansas; June 2010.

The second piece, based on 2007.5, was installed at 107-1/2 Santa Fe Avenue.

Kenneth A. Huff; 2007.5; Projection installation; Salina, Kansas; June 2010.

Kenneth A. Huff, 2007.5

In the wee hours of the morning, on my last day there, I temporarily installed a test of a new work that I started developing while in Salina.

Kenneth A. Huff; Untitled new work, 2010; Projection installation; Salina, Kansas; June 2010.

My thanks go out to the staff of the Arts and Humanities Commission for their kind helpfulness and hospitality. Special thanks to Karla Prickett and Josh Morris. Funding for “Street Sites” was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The projections will continue to be shown for the next few weeks, starting at around 8 p.m.

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People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou