Tempography is a video art project—or even a freestanding art form—that was
founded by me and the Swiss artist Anthony Bannwart in 2003. The individual
video pieces are called "tempographs".
Tempography explores the zone between cinema and
photography. It was born from the idea of extending the photograph; to capture
that which a non-durative still image cannot capture. As the name suggests,
time (and, consequently, movement) is crucial to the concept.
The more isolated the movement, the more tempographic the piece. The key to
understanding Tempography is: without the movement or change in composition,
there would be no need for the duration. Tempographs can be described as brief
visual impacts. It is minimalist video art: constrained and observational.
- A tempograph is a single moving image shot.
- A tempograph has no sound.
- A tempograph must be in colour.
- The tempo must be real-time.
- The camera must be as steady as possible.
- Each tempograph must have a duration between 3 and 30
- There must be no cuts, fades, etc.
- The colour balance/intensity and the
brightness/contrast may be adjusted.
- Apart from the above, no effects or graphic
superimpositions may be used.
- The narrative must be minimal and “extra-filmic”.
Instead of traditional titles, each
tempograph is assigned a code, in the form of T1.AAA.0113.20. “T1” means
that it is the first tempograph by a specific artist. Each piece gets a unique
number. “AAA” is a signature for the tempographer in question, in this case
an invented one. “0113” (January 2013) is when the piece was shot (not when
it was edited). It is possible to be more or less specific; the date could be
included (010113) or perhaps only the year (13). The last segment is the length
of the video in seconds. A tempograph can have different duration in different
contexts. In other words "T1.AAA", can end with “26” or “15” depending
on how it was edited.
Tempography is a community-oriented ongoing project. Active and potential
video artists around the world can submit their work. The exhibitions listed
below are all group shows. More artists join the project with every new
2004: Buses—London and Birmingham
TEMPOGRAPHY WAS EXHIBITED ON PUBLIC SCREENS IN
204 DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES
A POTENTIAL AUDIENCE OF 15.5 MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED OVER 2 MILLION
2006: Zita Cinema—Stockholm/Sweden
TEMPOGRAPHIC SEQUENCES WERE SHOWN ON THE CINEMA
SCREENS BEFORE THE FEATURE FILM
2008: Gallery Factory—Seoul/South Korea
2010: Videoholica International Video Art
2011: Vaska Emanouilova
2011: Cité Malesherbes—Paris/France
TEMPOGRAPHS WERE PROJECTED ON THE FAÇADES OF
THE BUILDINGS ON THE ENTIRE STREET
PART OF THE ANNUAL CULTURAL EVENT "NUIT BLANCHE", WHICH TAKES PLACE ALL OVER
2012: Spring Salon—Mora/Sweden
A TEMPOGRAPHIC TRIPTYCH WAS PART OF THE ANNUAL
(THIS WAS NOT A TEMPOGRAPHY GROUP SHOW)
2014: Detroit Stockholm
SOLO SHOW (NOT A TEMPOGRAPHY GROUP SHOW)
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