The Rope

video, digital print; 2013

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This project is a modification of Alfred Hitchcock’s first color movie from 1948, which applies to the unity of time, setting and plot. The director achieved this effect by resigning from „cut” shots, at that time a required technique of intervals in film stock hiding, gives us a piece of art which treats studio as a theater’s scene.


What was important element – treatment of film stock as a kind of technical experiment which made me to treat my work in the same way, however I preserved this characteristic feature of found footage – the autonomy. This piece of work may be perceived and interpreted with no knowledge of the original prototype. The essential aim was to create a piece characterized by new visual quality, nevertheless saving link to the original piece. Hitchcock’s movie is a wordplay and game of appearances, it is an unceasing number of puzzles and vague hints, for the perverse is to show the master of suspense without any action just by creating pure visual forms.


In the original piece „the rope” appears as an object – murder weapon, however here it is reveal in visual layer. Owing to the smooth camera’s direction, masking cuts and length of the movie – it became a sequence, whose form refers to „the rope”, owing to this within just 50 second I achieve abstract and condensed movie of  preposterous dimensions (single frame for print is 13 centimeters to 40 meters)


Files’ format depends on video’s resolution and its length. The parameters have been swapped – time to width, width to time, it’s all possible only in the digital world. It is also possible to swap height to time and time to height. Due to this, time of work is exactly the same as the time of the original piece, furthermore each pixel appears on the screen only once. This practice as of mathematical approach, in theory, does not change much of the picture, as we do not lose any fragment.



Achieving this effect was possible by designing an algorithm which later was automated by computer. To create this project manually would take years, while the computer managed to do so within „just” two months. Having treated this form in the same way we receive the source material. This method, however can change it only once. Currently I’m working on algorithm allowing to apply irreversible change so that every time after its application it is possible to receive new, different version.


IT support: Adam Polaczek & Sławomir Stępień