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I didn’t see this earlier. The newest of James Bridles kaleidoscopic imagery projects uses public footage from the New York City Department of Transportation as it its subject. The footage is constantly feeding from one of hundreds scattered across NYC. A tab at the top of the screen allows users to switch between camera views. The busy intersections congested with rows of cars and pedestrians morphing and twisting into each other creates an eerie sort of visual landscape. Switching camera to camera, the color palate change is striking, especially at night, creating entirely new images and morphing patterns in each instance. This version of Bridle’s experiment, even more so than the previous versions, feels much more visceral and real. The first two iterations are so heavily distorted that they drift into more abstract territory.
The New Aesthetic art movement partially sprung from from the idea of “seeing like digital devices.” What does this accomplish?