Moving Picture Collection 2.0

Agricola de Cologne created a wide range of moving image works since 2000. Between 2000 and 2004, he created movies exclusively for his online projects by using FLASH software (Macromedia). While the majority of works did not leave this online context, some others did and were presented as netart works successfully on festivals.

Especially those works integrated in the thematic online projects were released in qute a low resolution according to the usual low screen resolution at that time. As long as the footage was based on vector grafics it is no problem to scale these works.

Many of the works were covered by all the other works following during more than 15 years, but it is truely worth to recover them. But for doing so, it is necessary to reconstruct the works, since in most cases the original FLASH project files were lost.

The videos created between 2003-2009 were all using footage shot on a digital video camcorder in PAL SD 720×576 format, mostly with an aspect ratio of 4:3, while the video footage afterwards was shot with a new HD video recorder and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The videos were edited then in full HD.

Many of the videos created between 2003 and 2009 were based conceptually on the aspect ratio 4:3 which is using the space of a screen differently than 16:9. While it does not make sense to consider only a transformation from 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio in those cases, the concept of some other films was working with a type of image size really fitting much better in the aspect ratio 16:9, and these videos again are predestined to be reconstructed in order to get transformed to full HD 1920×1080. Like the video “Silent Cry” was showing, it is making less sense just to replace lower by an higher resolution, but taking the chance to create instead a new video version modifying the original artistic concept, as well.

So, the “Moving Picture Collection 2.0” is dealing with finding the balance between the different aspect ratios, the different use of screen space and the artistic concept. Videos like “Identity of Colour” originally programmed in Flash (Macromedia) will get a kind of renaissance in the new HD version. They are as relevant and fresh as they were when there were released many years ago.