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Deep Thinker, Paul Glennon (NI)

‘Deep Thinker’ allows people to interact with the three scanned photographs that were once pasted together in the analogue world. With the use of the web page as a stage or canvas, the viewer can watch the images move back and forth. This simple movement helps to enhance the narrative of the image and engages the viewer through simple intervention rather than passive observation of a static image.

The survival of this work as a montage in the analogue world was precarious, due to the fragile state of the photographic paper (now over ten years old), the loss of the original negatives and the relative brevity of the life of the artist who owns them. The images, saved as JPGs and animated in Flash, placed on a web page will last forever, will not alter in state and can be viewed globally rather than only locally.

This work acts as a bridge for fragile objects, images and moments in the real world to a virtual, online environment. In doing so the practice and work of the artist can be seen in its completed format without taking up any ‘real’ space. Although the work is completed online, it can also be projected to accommodate a larger space and audience.

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The photographs were facsimiled by means of a simple flatbed scanner and saved as JPGs through Photoshop. The simple animation was created in Flash and placed on a Web page using Dreamweaver. All the work was created by Paul Glennon.

About the Creator

Paul Glennon, Belfast born, graduated from the University of Ulster with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication in 1996. Since then Paul has worked as a Graphic Designer, an art teacher and a lecturer. Over the years, freelance Graphic Design work has pushed him into the arena of image making, especially on the web. To complement this interest Paul completed an MA in Computer Arts in London and is currently developing a new body of worked based around the digital canvas. This work taps in to the writings of Rudolf Arnheim, in particular his book, Film as Art (1957). In this book Arnheim makes a prediction about the 'blossoming of the "abstract" film — the beginnings of what some day will be the great art of painting in motion.'