There is no English equivalent for the term [ flâneur ], just as there is no Anglo-Saxon counterpart of that essentially Gallic individual, the deliberately aimless pedestrian, unencumbered by any obligation or sense of urgency, who, being French and therefore frugal, wastes nothing, including his time which he spends with the leisurely discrimination of a gourmet, savouring the multiple flavours of his city.
- Cornelia Otis Skinner, Elegant Wits and Grand Horizontals, 1962, Houghton Mifflin, New York
Skinner invokes the romantic notion of the Parisian gentleman who walks the streets of the urban landscape, a poet who captures the beauty of everyday existence.
To conceive, design and fabricate a piece of auxiliary equipment for 2 video cameras that allows you to:
Capture images in a way you otherwise could not.
Get the cameras into places you normally cant access.
Produces and unique image quality.
To produce a short (between 2 and 3 minutes) experimental video that explores the city using the equipment you have made.
Our device is designed to provide a large range of potential visual material. We do this by creating a pair of camera mounts that may be connected and orientated to each other in a flexible way. Modular cylindrical devices may be placed in front of the lens and optionally rotated by a small motor under the control of the photographer.
We will create a set of these devices to filter and augment the urban landscape to create visual poetry.