©1997 Cynthia Beth Rubin
RUNNING TIME: 3 minutes 30 seconds
ANIMATION:Cynthia Beth Rubin
MUSIC & SOUND:Bob Gluck
EDITING:Cynthia Beth Rubin
PRODUCTION: Cynthia Beth Rubin
Inherited Memories was partially produced by Cynthia Beth Rubin while artist in residence at Duncan of Jordanstone, at the University of Dundee, Scotland.It was completed thanks to the Graphics group at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
INHERITED MEMORIES fuses the aesthetics of painting with the illusion of movement through modulating space. The imagery alludes to real places, but the spatial tension comes from an abstract painter's play of color contrasts and decorative patterns. This work is a continuation of my interest in documenting our cultural past, including those memories of places and times that are beyond our personal experiences. It is a journey into the world of my grandparents and great-grandparents in Jewish Eastern Europe. Based on photographs from Prague, Warsaw, and Krackow, it represents the remembering of places that I never knew and that were seldom discussed, but which are a part of my cultural legacy nonetheless.
Through computer animation, I was able to carry the allure of the ambiguity of two dimensional space into an invented three dimensional space, and to allow images to fluctuate between abstraction and representation. No live video was used in this piece, and none of the places depicted actually exists as we see them in the animation.
The process of developing the work included:
Bob Gluck is a composer and performer of electronic music, often with interactive interfaces. His works often draw upon sound artifacts from Jewish culture. His recordings include Stories Heard and Retold (1998), Electric Songs (2003) and Electric Brew (2007). He studied piano at The Julliard School of Music (with Regina Rubinoff) and electronic composition at the Crane School of Music (with Donald Funes) and at The (SUNY) University at Albany (with Joel Chadabe). He is now director of the electronic music studio at U Albany.
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