The Centre for Moving Image Research is dedicated to the task of investigating the role of moving images in today's changing world. Our logo shows Blake's image of Newton and Tekhne, the Goddess of Art, Science and Technology. We are interested in how innovations in technology, art and culture affect the production, content, politics and understandings of the value and meaning of moving images to the human species.
THE CMIR PROJECT
We wish to make the theory and practice of the capture and display of the moving image pertinent to todays students, academics, industry and cultural professionals. To do this we are questioning the history of the moving image so that we more accurately reflect todays form of electronic capture and so we are looking back beyond the birth of film, beyond Michael Faraday's experiments with electro-magnetism, beyond Joseph Baptiste Fourier's invention of discrete cosine and wavelet transforms, back to al-Kwarizimi’s invention of the concept of the algorithm in the ninth century.
As we read forward from this position we now note DaVinci’s experiments with coating a leaf with lamp black to then print this on to paper, forwards to te innovation of half-tone printing which uses what we call today the contrast sensitivity function of the eye/brain pathway to derive shades between black and white – onwards and as Sean Cubitt would have it, through the rasta scan of television onwards to the grid and matrix of today's CCD and CMOS sensors. But we also wish to look forwards and have already captured Higher Dynamic Range Images for tomorrows 4000 NiT displays. (1 nit = 1 cd/m2)
Terry Flaxton announces the CMIR RWA bursaries at the RWA Autumn Open. 'Gold Hat' by Jonathan Farr is the winner of the CMIR prize which is on show at the RWA until 7th December. From 25th October the RWA in Bristol has been exhibiting CMIR's bursary pieces for Moving Image Art - FFI see the CMIR/RWA blog page. Next to Terry is RWA's oldest academician, Robert Hurdle
WHAT'S ON Next:
What We've just COmpleted
Terry Flaxton gave a lead presentation on 'The Future of Moving Images' at 'The Mediated City' Architectural Conference in Los Angeles early October 2014
23rd September we presented what CMIR do at Bournemouth's BFX Symposium - with keynotes by Lev Manovich and Sean Cubitt
On 20th Sept Chris Meigh-Andrews presented a new 360 projection version of one of the time lapse animations from his Monument Project at the 23rd Internationale Panoramakonferenz in Altötting, Germany, (with specially composed music by Chris Bush, post-production by Stuart Moore) http://www.meigh-andrews.com/archives/4419.
19th September CMIR staged a symposium, Aesthetics/Politics/Activism/Art: What is Radical Now, at Bristol's Arolfini as part of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2014. For the duration of the festival CMIR and Bristol Vision Institute of University of Bristol also ran an HDR Capture and Display Lab.
On 12th September Terry Flaxton exhibited a new installation 'Reflection on Water' attended by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Bristol Cathedral at their event 'Standing Room Only
Research and Teaching Resources:
The Verbatim History of Digital Cinematography CMIR
Notes on Digital Workflows Flaxton
Digital Cinematography CMIR
The Verbatim History of Analogue Video CMIR
Collected Text based Resources CMIR
The Look From Capture To Display - Symposium
THE CMIR Studio
To take our project forward we have recently moved to the CMIR Studio where we have an office and a creative space where we are ennabling 3 of the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training Phd students. Our commitment as with any artists studio is to both research, practice, exhibit, critically reflect and bring our results to conference; and as we grow, to develop an advanced innovation environment for us all to practice within.
Professor Terry Flaxton, Director of CMIR
HDR CAPTURE AND DISPLAY
CMIR are proud to announce that at our recent Higher Dynamic Range Laboratory we achieved production of HDR Capture and Display at both the intermediate position between Rec 709 and Rec 2020 (9 F stops) but also we created the preliminary pathway for 20 stop HDR images - we'll be publishing results shortly. See HDR Laboratory.
Adam Laity, Winner of the 2014 DepicT! RPS Cinematography Award
Adam created 'The Peace of Wild Things' which recently won the the 2014 DepicT! Royal Photographic Society Cinematography Award. Adam Laity is one of three CDT PhD candidates to have joined CMIR very recently, funded by the AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training a collaboration between UWE, Falmouth and Plymouth Universities. Alex Nevill also joins CMIR and Dani Landau joins Digital Cultures Research Centre.
Alex Nevill's cinematography wins Best Experimental Award at ASFF
Alex is a new PhD Candidate with CMIR. 'Léthé' recently won the Best Experimental Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 for his 16mm cinematography in collaboration with director Harald Hutter. The film follows a man with no apparent destination until a chance encounter with a strange young girl sets in a motion a series of events that will challenge his perception of reality.
PIN HOLE LENSES ON 4K CAMERAS (see 'Aperture' below)
Lucy WIlliams CMIR/RWA Bursary Winner, helped by a technical team from UWE and CMIR, created colour moving images using pinhole photography with a Red One Camera - We believe this is a first use and creation of 4k lensless moving images
This new work is called 'Aperture'. Capture was at 3200 ASA, 25 fps, 5600 Kelvin, 4.5k resolution 2.33 aspect ratio through a 'pin hole' lens. For comparison we also used a 50mm Zeiss compact prime lens at T2.1, ISO100 with seven stops of ND to match the depth of field of the pin hole lens.
The CMIR RWA Bursary pieces (including this one) have been exhibited at the RWA, and will be screened again there from 25-30th Nov 2014.
CML/CMIR Camera Test
Higher Dynamic Range Research
Upcoming Conference: Political Cinema for the 21st Century
CMIR Conference: Digital Cinematography and its opportunities
Films Affiliates have worked on:
Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner Roberto Schaefer ASC AIC
The Mutant Chronicles, Dark Country Geoff Boyle FBKS
X-Men, X-MEN2 David Stump ASC Visual FX DP
My Week with Marylin, Belle, Ben Smithard BSC,
Thor: the Dark World Green Zone Jonathan Smiles
Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2 Sharon Calahan
The Wrong Trousers, Aardman Animations, Nick Park
Books by CMIR personnel and Affiliates:
Digital Cinematography: Fundamentals, Tools, Techniques and Workflows
David Stump, Affiliate Cinematographer
A History of Video Art Chris Meigh-Andrews, Visiting Professor
Software Takes Command: Lev Manovich, Affiliate Academic
Papers and Theses by CMIR personel and Affiliates:
The Future of the Moving Image Flaxton
The Production of Higher Dynamic Range Video Price et al
Without Thresholds: Contemporary Artist’s Video: Diversity of Form, Possibility and Potential Meigh-Andrews
The Social Construction of the Meanings of Price Sparke
The Contemporary Landscape of Video-Activism in Britain Presence
Visualising Vertov, Manovich L
Maintaining a Critical Eye: The Political Avant-garde on Channel 4 in the 1990's Presence
Lead by Terry Flaxton CMIR Moving Image Research Centre of Moving Image Research The Future of the Moving Image Research High Definition 4K stereoscopy 3D Higher Dynamic Range Higher Frame Rate Augmented Reality New Media super Hi Vision
Marie Curie Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions UWE ACE CMIR