Sitting on a high-speed train in Japan, one finds themselves at the mercy of contrasts: constant monotony and stark landscape transformations, block shapes and subtle peaks, gentle whirs and harsh announcements.
superexpress is an amplified mimicry of this alien environment, investigating video and audio synthesis in the form of video installation. Traditionally, video installations as a medium are habitually created from visuals and sound being forced together, stacked on top of each other one after the other, with one element forced to play catch-up with the other finished element. superexpress synthesizes video using layers of pre-recorded footage, whilst simultaneously synthesizing audio from image analysis occurring live at the same time.
20 hours of footage and recordings taken from Shinkansen across Japan are selected, cut and and layered automatically using generative algorithms, creating non-repeating iterations of sound and video texture, exploring different colours, tones, speeds, people and perspectives.
superexpress was first shown at Golden Age Cinema on the 22nd of February 2017. It is an ongoing generative work with multiple iterations.