Collage app is a piece of software that automatically generates photo collages.
Ideas for my paintings often start on the computer as digital photo collages in Photoshop. Most times I have no clear plan of what I want to make. I just start with selecting photos that interest me and cut and paste them together as loose ideas.
I was interested to find out if I could write a program that helps me by generating photo collages that I might use.
The app I made chooses random images from selected folders, and cuts and pastes the images according to a set of rules. I searched for a balance between rules and randomness.
In the end I found that the results are too random to be useful. The app has generated thousands of collages for me, of which I kept several hundreds. Only two of them were interesting enough to use for a painting.
In Berliner Dom I tried the idea of filming a building from two angles, and then constructing new views of the building by combining parts of the two videos. The Berliner Dom music video consists of six scenes that show six different views of the building.
An added effect is that in some scenes the Berlin television tower exists twice.
Another experiment in the video was to split the scenes of cars and people walking by in the foreground into many layers of just a few pixels, and to shift each layer a small amount in time. The result is a strange fluid movement that I also used for a painting.
The Weesperplein video is a collage in time. The camera filmed the Weesperplein square in a fixed position, so that I could copy slices of video and move them back and forward in time. The buildings, trees and scenery remain in place, but the cars, trams and people seem to randomly appear and disappear.
I made the Weesperplein music video especially because I thought it would give me interesting source material for paintings. After the video was done I made three paintings from stills of the video, or from Photoshop collages of combined video stills.