affinités recouvrées (Recovered Affinities)
© 1994 Cynthia Beth Rubin/VIDEOCHRONIQUES
music by Atau Tanaka
ANIMATION:Cynthia Beth Rubin
MUSIC & SOUND:Atau Tanaka
EDITING:Cynthia Beth Rubin
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Kate Midgely, François Landroit
PRODUCTION: Cynthia Beth Rubin and VIDEOCHRONIQUES (co-production)
RUNNING TIME: 3 minutes (with titles)
Les Affinités Recouvrées was produced by Cynthia Beth Rubin
while artist in residence at I.ME.RE.C (Institut Mediterranéen
de Recherche et de Création) , under the auspices of VIDEOCHRONIQUES
in Marseilles, France. VIDEOCHRONIQUES is coordinated by Joelle Metzger.
Les Affinités Recouvrées is an exploration of the strength
of cultural ties. The various visual elements are based on references
to historical sites and artifacts from the Moroccan Jewish community.
Through the processes of the computer, they are mixed with references
which show the influence of the Islamic culture. For the artist, who is
Jewish of Ashkenasie origin, this work constitutes the research of culture
which is close, and yet forgotten in the passages of history.
The imagery in les Affinités Recouvées is based on still
photographs taken by the director (Cynthia Beth Rubin) in Morocco. The
video is completely computer generated. The original photographs were
composited inside a Macintosh computer, using various software (Adobe
Photoshop, Studio/32, Fractal Design Painter). None of the images that
we see in the video actually exists in the real world. The movement was
controlled by animation software (Morph, by Gryphon, and Macromind Director).
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