Transits: Aeschenplantz in Basel

Aeschenplantz in Basel - Transits © 2012 Ursula Damm

Aeschenplantz in Basel – Transits © 2012 Ursula Damm

Transits is a video installation produced for the House of electronic arts in Basel. It highlights the moving objects of the Aeschenplantz in Basel and the traces that they leave as the time passes. The original concept was made by Ursula Damm, the software by Martin Schneider and the sound by Maximilian Netter.

The installation uses static video recordings of the Aeschenplantz in Basel to show the the traces of pedestrians in a transit node and make their presence visible. A custom designed software takes every pixel of the video frames and based on an special algorithm it will be deleted of saved. The objective of this technique is that the long standing elements remain fixed in the video, but this editing process has an own dynamic: the colors move and its movements displace the pixels in the recognized direction.

The end result fluctuates between a description of an site-specific events and the own dynamic of the video edition, which imitates the way in which our brain perceives the real world. Lots of blurry images and movements are present and the details mutate slowly as the objects move. Is a moving picture of a place which captures its dynamic.

Aeschenplantz in Basel - Transits © 2012 Ursula Damm

Aeschenplantz in Basel – Transits © 2012 Ursula Damm

Aeschenplantz in Basel - Transits © 2012 Ursula Damm

Aeschenplantz in Basel – Transits © 2012 Ursula Damm