THE ROCKET MACHINE

The Rocket Machine was built in the late 90’s to show twin film-loops. Loops from “The Sea”, “Approximately Infinite”, “4” and others.
The name alludes to a more naive or optimistic period in the development of technology.
       

 

Inside the strongly coloured flight-case there is a floating 16U rack with two 17” CRT monitors. When open, two DVD-players  would hide under the Rocket Machine, positioned so that a pointed handheld controller would start both loops in a semi-synchronized way.

 

 

As way leads onto way, other projects took my attention and the Rocket Machine was not shown as much as I would have liked it to. I still like the retro-industrial feel of the monitors and the flight-case, so it feels good to present it here.

 

The Rocket Machine was also extremely suitable for my remixes of old ephemeral film-footage found on the net. Much of it in the Prelinger Archives.

Apparently the same crew filmed this. Before and after the San Fransisco Earthquake 1906. with a fixed camera on the front of the Market street tram. Deterministically moving along the tracks towards the clock-tower of the Ferry building.

 

Sending and receiving