Camera PosturaFilm by definition is linear, the narrative unfolds itself over time. Camera Postura allows for a more non-linear way of experiencing movies, reacting dynamically to the body language of the viewer. Camera Postura attempts to match your body language to scenes in the movie with similar poses. These scenes are then augmented with additional information, such as actor names, locations, tweets and film reviews of the movie. Imagine searching for similar films scenes as Rocky's victory dance on top of the steps just by raising your arms. Each pose results in different matched scenes creating unique film posters at each visit.... The installation is presented during the Netherlands Film Festival (24/9-3/10 2014) and allows the visitors to translate their gestures into scenes from 20 of the festival's most popular films — including the opening film Bloedlink — creating a unique poster at each pose.
While films tend to be linear, databases are more unpredictable. Unforeseen associations emerge as one navigates them, recalling the action of strolling across some archive with its associated lot of discoveries. Yet, databases precisely lack this embodied, ‘strolling' dimension. Each path within the database is amplified by cinematic expansions of color values and acoustic enhancements that trigger nothing but a fiction of mastery — fiction that obnubilates the actual experience of the archive.
With Camera Postura, the point therefore became to explore this cinematic quality of the database, while pushing film away from its linear self. By transforming the ‘filmbase' into a mirror that is responsive to the body as a whole, the experience of the films and the one of their selection are folded together. The database is reincarnated — becoming endowed with the archive and cinema's bodily dimension — while films are endued with the archive's collage-like structure — jumping across all scenes and shots alike. A posture initiates a search request, a movement a transition between two films and information then reveals itself insofar as it is given a body — the user's.