Amy Billharz

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Animating a still image-Repurposing Art

When brainstorming ideas for He Whose Ox is Gored's "Magazina", I knew I wanted footage with a lot of urban textures. As I walked around the city with my camera, I recalled how I had already taken a bunch of urban texture photos for a different art project a couple years back. They were for a massive collage as part of an installation for the 2013 Lo-Fi Arts Festival (on a farm north of Seattle). The piece was an intertwining of two local invasive species, humans and the Himalayan blackberry noxious weed.

Though, I was unable to find the original photos for the collage, I did have one detail image taken of the piece once it was hung. Animating this one image became the main input for the visual, plus a little footage from my camera following lines of graffiti (see video to the right).


Visuals for He Whose Ox is Gored's "Magazina".



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Playing Around with a GoPro Camera


The J GRGRY "Floodlands" and "Erase the Shore" visuals to the right were products of footage recorded by attaching a GoPro camera to the side of a canoe. The first video contains the view looking up from the water. The second was the view when the camera would periodically dip below the water's surface.

The third video, "Nightshade" by He Whose Ox is Gored, was captured by attaching the GoPro camera to the hood of a car and driving through the city at night.  Listening to the song, I couldn't help but imagine it being something you'd hear in an action film or video game.  I was inspired to show imagery resembling a high speed chase or video game racing.   The streets are mostly downtown Seattle, with some footage from Capitol Hill, Belltown, and South Lake Union neighborhoods.

Visuals created for J GRGRY's "Erase the Shore".

Visuals created for He Whose Ox is Gored's "Nightshade".



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Merry-go-round visuals

Decided to set up my camera in the middle of a merry-go-round found in a neighborhood playground to film the rotating trees and streetlights in slow motion. This became the visual for J GRGRY's "Rolodex".


J GRGRY's performing "Rolodex" at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA



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Dandelion Experiment

One summer night, I positioned a small spotlight on dandelions outside of my home and filmed the seeds gradually being blown away in slow-motion. This was surprisingly difficult because the seeds weren't ready to release. It took many attempts and a lot of air pressure. Didn't capture the seeds gracefully flying away, but the back and forth movement still went well with music. This became the visuals for J GRGRY's "Ships". If you watch the entire video, you'll see the seeds gradually disapear as the song progresses, until there are only bare stems at the end.

Experiment that led to the video art created for J GRGRY's "Ships".


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Corner Palm Becomes visual

Stumbled upon a small palm at the corner of a busy intersection being blown around with sun shining through its fronds. I was really attracted to the interplay of the light and movement. This erratic energy seemed perfect for He Whose Ox Is Gored's "Paralyzer". You never know when creative inspiration will strike.


Visuals created for He Whose Ox is Gored's "Paralyzer"