Surfing the 4th Dimension

Surfing the 4th Dimension from Don Whitaker on Vimeo.

Further experiments in slit-scan style video, sometimes called time slicing. I like to think that this is what you might see if you looked at our world from a spot in the fourth dimension. (^_^)

These clips start as normal video clips that I’ve captured along the Oregon Coast. Then I run ’em through a script that I wrote in Processing.

The script works by taking a vertical sliver of pixels from the source video, advancing the video one frame, grabbing another sliver of pixels, and so on through the entire source clip.

These slivers are then stacked horizontally to create one frame of the final clip. The animation effect is created by advancing the location of the vertical slice and repeating the stacking process.

So each frame of the final clip represents the change over time of a stationary spot. As the video advances, the spot we are seeing moves through space. Normally as a video advances we move through time, so we’ve sort of swapped the two.

For more info about slit-scan photography and video see:


Music by Agent Engram

My first slit-scan video, WaveSlice

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