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Michael Haussman's "Gravity"Installation @ Young Projects

For this installation at Young Projects in Los Angeles, Michael Haussman shot five different subjects on a trampoline and gave each a specific prop and background. As the artist says, "to the normal viewer, a person jumping on a trampoline is just a figure moving up and down and their expression is a blur of motion. To capture this action and emotion, all the subjects were shot at 2,000 frames per second, while engaged with one simple prop. Afterward, the body is completely steadied in a postproduction process known as 'tracking' (or motion stabilization software). This process takes the subject and steadies them in the frame so that they are no longer moving up and down. All that moves is their skin, cellulite, muscles, and weight of their respective bodies. The overall effect is somewhat disturbing: we see a singular subject who does not move, and yet the way in which his or her skin moves seems to suggest a kind of time-lapse aging, where they suddenly go from 18 years-old to 55 in a matter of seconds."

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