Kiss, 2010 (High-definition video, colour, 4 minutes, 10 seconds) Edition of 10. Courtesy Bitforms Gallery NYC
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist and performer, born in New York in 1975. Dubois holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He developed a technique which he named “time-lapse phonography”: a sound equivalent to long-exposure photography. Dubois is interested in algorithmic and procedural methods for generating work that explores how we evaluate information, emotion and time. He teaches at the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at NYU’s Polytechnic Institute.
Kiss (2011) takes 50 iconic embraces from the history of cinema and re-animates them through a digital rendering technique developed by the artist. The technique analyses the existing footage and references areas of the film which resemble the lips of the embracing actors. These points of reference are strung together, and the result is a sparkling digital web which plunges the familiar scenes into darkness and re-invents the actors as starlit silhouettes. As we peer into the dark, the flickering scenes emerge as semi-recognisable moments of intense cinematic romance accompanied by a re-coded and highly immersive soundtrack.