trace 1.1

Michelle Kasprzak

2001, 05:00 minutes, colour, English


This desktop video-performance using Signwave Auto-Illustrator and generative music is this first video of the 'trace' series.

Through the series, Kasprzak attempts to re-perform past actions that took place on the desktop of her computer. A maze-like landscape is drawn on the screen, but there are two cursors: one that is creating the drawing, and one that follows, attempting to trace the other cursor's actions. "trace 1.1" addresses a desire to perfect the behaviour of the previous user, by emulation, which is the simplest form of learning. The first cursor sets up the framework to be copied, and the second cursor imperfectly tries to emulate. The software used to produce this piece provides its own "human" element of unpredictability, because of the random elements built in to the software. What emerges from this piece is a sense of endearing imperfection in the software and the user, and in the model and the copy.

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