More pictograms representing two experimental films by Zbigniew Rybczynski, New Book (1975) and Tango (1981), by 3 artists at the show Ventriloquists…Thinking Narratively (4-19 July 2020). A stretched vocabulary of narrativity. Multi-linearity, simultaneity, superimposition, convergence of trajectories, generative loops. 更多的圖形敘事解構，伸展了的敘事語彙。多向多線發展。共時性。重疊。弧度的結點、匯合。衍生式的循環。張開現實的奧秘。
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To watch Zbigniew Rybczynski’s New Book (Nowa Ksiazka, 1975) on Media Art Net
The screen is divided into nine different squares. Each representing one place. The uniting element of all the actions is a book passed from one hand to the other. All stories run parallel, as if in realtime, yet linked in a linear way at the same time through the narrative of the action.
Rybczynski: Tango (1981) on Vimeo
Thirty-six characters from different stages of life — representations of different times — interact in one room, moving in loops, observed by a static camera. – Wikipedia
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Martha Hatch’s 2020 dual video pictogram set analysing Rybczynski’s Tango (1981)
Martha Mai Hatch: La cama mágica de bebés infinitas
A pictogram for Tango (1981)
2 video pictograms
This is a pictogram couplet of Tango (1981) by Zbigniew Rybczyński. The audio is generated through serialism and permutation whereby the musical parameter is obtained through calculation and mapping of the visual composition of the original piece. This pictogram aims to stretch the original work’s textual meaning through the audio dimension. The vertical narrative (visuality) transmutes into audio seeds. This piece is to be enjoyed by closing your eyes and “see” the animation by Rybczyński.
CHIU Man-yui, Serena: Come & Go
A pictogram of Zbig Rybczynski’s Tango
I was attracted to the complexity of the work Tango: from a boy to twenty-five people moving smoothly in a room.
The pictogram consists of a map and a timeline. The map is a top view of the room, showing the route of each character and some overlapping events. The timeline indicated when the characters enter the room individually, the duration of one sequence of action and the time they leave. Additional information includes a line-graph of the total number of people in the room over time, the peak moment, and the big drop period.
Serena Chiu: Come & Go (2020), a pictogram on Rybczynski’s Tango (1981)
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CHOY Hoi-ting, Cindy: Whereabouts
A pictogram of Rybczynski’s New Book
I chose Rybczinski’s “New Book” for my pictogram work because the camera angles and the spatial expression in the work caught my attention and I think it would be great to dig deeper. “New Book” has used 9 different camera angles and positions of a place to create the work. The camera scenes are connected to each other, which provides us with the cues to imagine what the place actually looks like. I watched it over and over again to create an overall map and combine the map with a timeline that could show the overall environment and detailed actions of characters. Besides, I use words to explain the timeline which coordinates with the arrow to show the characters’ movements.
Cindy Choy’s Whereabouts (2020), a pictogram on Rybczynski’s New Book (1975)
CHOI Han Nah: Complexity of Everyday Life
A pictogram for Rybczyński’s New Book
Rybczyński’s New Book shows simultaneously what is occurring in 9 connected points of view of a place. What is supposed to be an everyday life of a man getting a new book is turned into a complex series of stories of different people. New Book expands the human limits of space and diverts from narrating solely about one main character.
This pictogram shows the carefully choreographed actions of the people. The repeated movements of different people create a sense of regularity. The climax of the work occurs when a small accident happens to people at all the nine points at the same time.
Choi Han-nah’s 2020 pictogram on Rybczynski’s New Book (1975); 300x40cm on wall display facing Floating Projects’ entrance.
Details of the pictogram…