Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Time-lapse prayer and meditation

From Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, USA
Two videos that make use of time-lapse photography and musical soundtracks have caught my attention this morning. This form is something I first became captivated by two years ago when the volcano in Iceland (whose name I won't bother to spell out here) erupted, and a photographer went and took some amazing hi-def time-lapse photos and strung them together in video form to the soundtrack of a moving song from Jonsi (of Sigur Ros fame).

The first video came via Wesley Hill on Twitter. His reference to the band, M83, caught my attention (because they're awesome) but the video+music stunned me silence, chills, and a gasping cry of "Dear God!" (Both the following videos are worth watching full-screen in HD w/ headphones if you can.)

Then a friend on Facebook pointed out a beautiful video by EMU student, Kelby Miller, showing an art installation by EMU art prof, Cyndi Gusler. Time-lapse photo is again used with music to beautiful effect. Artistically showing an art installation! How wonderfully meta...

Cyndi gave a presentation three years ago in an arts-based research class I was taking, and I was moved by her reflections on the creative process. Again, one of those moments where I've felt the privilege of being in a university environment with such amazingly creative thinker-practitioners!

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