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Small Brains en Masse

This collection of video works represents several years of using an "extended refresh" technique to examine the way swarms of like creatures move. At various times I have called this technique extruded time, echo, or time trails. I am intrigued by the marks each species leaves. I see these as both data and drawings. As this project has developed I have begun to add slow motion to the technique.

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Cloudyspot

(possibly a small northern cloudyspot butterfly) When first asking for the identification I was informed moths land with the wings flat and butterflies upright. The creature has now been identified (possibly) as a cloudyspot better known as skippers and is in the butterfly family.

Working with the Edgertronic camera from the RISD Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. The recording was made at Blythwold Gardents in Bristol RI.
This clip has been processed three ways. The original recording is shot at 1/6000 of a second at a frame rate of 1000 samples per second. The first flight off the flower approximates real time, the second employes echo and reflects the slow motion of 1000 samples per second played back at 30. The last section (bluish) is keyed then time blended to accentuate the pattern the silhouette creates when the moth is in flight.