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 alluded 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 could 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 extremely well suited for my remixes of old ephemeral film-footage found on the net.
Much of it in the Prelinger Archives.


A newer version of The Rocket Machine.

Now with two flatscreen monitors. The two video streams are played out from two RaspberryPi’s, in full frame-sync. This also gives the opportunity , via wifi in the exhibition space, to update the project on a daily basis.

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