I’ve always looked at birds and marveled at how free they are, and how they can fly wherever they can in the world at any given second. Then I look at myself and think, I can do the same… So when I encountered Dennis Hlynsky’s work ‘small brains on mass’, I was incredibly excited, mesmerized and completely fascinated. Dennis Hlynsky, a US-based artist, designer and professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, has an insatiable desire to re-embed technology into the arts. For his recent project, he filmed various birds as they fly, tracing their deeply complex and intricate pathways in the sky like aero-dance choreographies.
He edits his videos so that each creature leaves a trail behind itself, showing where it has been and where it is going. His video clips show the beautiful and intricate labyrinth flight paths of birds. Hlynsky started filming birds with a small video recorder in 2005, recording ions of footage. The process involved stacking frames in sequences, then adding the darkest pixels together. Large flocks of birds become dense black trails, reminding us of paint brush strokes, making us wonder how much we have really learnt and appropriated from nature and animals.
Hlynsky was among the first students at the Rhodes Island School of Design video program, and has been committed to the digital since 1983. His interest in the celebration of technology as a form of art led him to design fireworks celebration for Providence for five year.
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