Truchet 1 (1 Min., Silent, Color, 1:1 embedded in a 16:9 frame, 2016)
A structuralist film study of the infinite design possibilities provided by the truchet tile. Using a simple truchet tile as a pattern for tessellation, Truchet 1 generates a thrilling, infinitely random series of patterns. Hand-drawn shapes reveal the material of both the truchet’s medium and process. Grain of the paper and imperfect pencil fills add to the film’s deep textural aesthetic. The frenetic pace of Truchet 1 is derived from the editing alone. The tiles themselves are static, in both position and time. The illusion of animation is created through dynamic contrasts between the opposing orientation of individual tiles. The inherent plasticity of digital video allows for fine, frame accurate swapping of tiles. A flickering graphic conflict occurs onscreen when tiles are randomly juxtaposed. Positive and negative space collide, swap places and seem to swirl and pulse across the viewer’s eyes, generating the optical illusion of animation.