The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies

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RIPPLES - Nicolas Sassoon


Nicolas Sassoon
Single channel video projection – loop (04:00), 2016


RIPPLES is a screen-based animation created using a digital moiré technique. This animation technique involves overlapping two images to generate the illusion of a third image. Two grids of pixels are overlapped and set in motion to generate the final animation. Alongside the use of digital moiré, the work is rendered with streaks of hard-edged pixels combined to a simple black and white color palette. Sassoon’s visual treatment gives the animation specific optical and kinetic qualities, reminiscent of early computer graphics and unique to screens and matrix display technologies.


This piece is informed by rainstorm textures, sand patterns and ocean waves; the animation attempts to emulate visual and behavioural qualities from these atmospheric forces through digital means. The overall structure of the animation is built as a seamless loop of 4 minutes, during which the rhythm and amplitude of the work slowly evolves from a calm surface to a chaotic field. The resulting work appears to fluctuate between organic forms and digital abstraction, displayed in the exhibition space as a large window towards an ethereal landscape.



Nicolas Sassoon makes use of various computer-based processes to render fantastical visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments. While most of his work is published online, Sassoon also materializes his web-based practice into sculptures, prints, textiles and site-specific installations, as well as collaborations with other artists, architects, music producers and fashion designers. Sassoon’s work often explores the contemplative and projective dimensions of the digital, as well as how computer-generated space can be inscribed within the physical realm. He has previously exhibited at Eyebeam (US), 319 Scholes (US), May Gallery & Residency (US), Vancouver Art Gallery (CA), Plugin ICA (CA), Contemporary Art Gallery (CA), Charles H.Scott Gallery (CA), Western Front (CA), PRETEEN Gallery (MX), the Centre d’Art Bastille (FR), Arti et Amicitiae (NL), MU Eindhoven (NL) , Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), Today Art Museum (CN), the Berlin Fashion Week (DE)) and the New-York Fashion Week (US). Nicolas is a member of the online collective Computers Club and a founder of the collective W-A-L-L-P-A-P-E-R-S.



The Frame is the Keyframe: Frame Anomalies

November 10, 2016 – December 16, 2016

Featuring new works by:

Becka Barker
Leslie Bell
Marten Berkman
Philippe Blanchard
Stephen Broomer
Sabrina Ratté
Nicolas Sassoon

Curated by Madi Piller, with an essay by Clint Enns

Presented with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts – Media Arts Initiatives


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