by Rebecca Mock
Filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker is an expert at playing with space and time. Whether he’s condensing four hours of planes landing into a 30-second clip of some serious air traffic, or messing with highway traffic and reorganizing the cars by color (which we detailed in a documentary last fall), the artist is a whiz at manipulating the world into a surreal landscape filled with what appears to be clones. His newest clip, the fourth in his San Diego Studies series, turns one surfer’s lonesome day in the water into a patterned surfer party.
"I was interested in exploring the manipulation of water and to see how the movements and patterns from surfing interact," wrote Kuckenbaker on the page of his time-condensed video lapse. Watching non-professional surfers can be a slow and patience-testing process, but the study "reveals just how much can actually happen in an hour in an otherwise nondescript surf spot with non professional riders."
[When Vonnegut tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope] Oh, she says, well, you’re not a poor man. You know, why don’t you go online and buy a hundred envelopes and put them in the closet? And so I pretend not to hear her. And go out to get an envelope because I’m going to have a hell of a good time in the process of buying one envelope. I meet a lot of people. And, see some great looking babes. And a fire engine goes by. And I give them the thumbs up. And, and ask a woman what kind of dog that is. And, and I don’t know. The moral of the story is, is we’re here on Earth to fart around. And, of course, the computers will do us out of that. And, what the computer people don’t realize, or they don’t care, is we’re dancing animals. You know, we love to move around. And, we’re not supposed to dance at all anymore.