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The prints form part of the ongoing 8min 20sec project. An HD video version of 8min 20sec from 2009 was once rather fittingly described as 'a wonderful kaleidoscopic visual with subtle flickers of colour'.
8min 20sec started as a concept in 2002 when FL@33's Tomi Vollauschek first started to record appropriate digital video footage – initially only with prints in mind. The first printed sequences were however not produced until 2004 when five of them were exhibited at the first FL@33 (and Stereohype) solo show in Paris. The original footage was recorded in Paris at the Place Charles de Gaulle (aka Place de l'Étoile) from the top of the Arc de Triomphe that offers a bird’s-eye view to the exceptionally busy roundabout below in which the Arc stands.
The concept is based on capturing the city in video sequences of 8 minutes and 20 seconds (= 500 seconds). Each sequence was then reduced to 1 frame per second. The resulting prints are based on the individual collections of 500 frames (each) and are positioned within square compositions (40 x 40cm and a massive 90 x 90cm each). The video footage and other 8min 20sec compositions can be seen at FL@33's studio website flat33.com.