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V-Atlas

Map and Sequence

Spatialize, explore, query, recompose: 4 verbs to summarize the path proposed by V-Atlas (Video Analysis TooL Assisted by Slitscan). Whether alone or in a group, each person can identify, classify, categorize iconographic and narrative patterns in a set of still or moving images.

V-ATLAS app is inspired by the mnemosyne Atlas of the art historian Aby Warburg. If the links between cinematographic editing and reading method of the Atlas have been highlighted, so far, no device combines the two in a web browser. With V-Atlas, it is thus possible to integrate all types of media (fixed pictures but also moving images) on the plates of this digital atlas and to test empirically certain theses disseminated in a large number of visual studies.

 

An Atlas of Images

As a tutelary figure of the science of the image (Bildwisssenchaft), Aby Warburg decentered, at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, the object of the history of art, from a history of works and artists to an anthropology of images. The meeting of the pictures on the plates of the Warburg Atlas and the comparisons made by its viewer, this poaching supported by the tool, should allow an anthropological analysis of the persistence of the past, in other words, to question the actuality of the trace, i.e. its intensification by its reproduction in a given cultural sphere. In a similar way, cinema theorist Siegfried Kracauer stated that the principle of selection and composition in mosaic laid the foundations of a mode of critical knowledge towards the flood of images that crosses our modern societies.

 

An assistance for the query of still and moving images

The app offers a display which actively supports visualization of filmic or photographic corpus. The user’s experience oscillates between organization and consultation of the sources: either individually or in a group, each person can identify, classify, categorize iconographic, rhythmic or narrative patterns found in the corpus. Each action being recorded, the use of this tool makes it possible to analyze the paths in the images that have been defined by the users in the viewing situation. V-Atlas supports the interpretative modalities of everyone in front of a corpus of moving or fixed images.

V-Atlas

Map and Sequence

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Spatialize, explore, query, recompose: 4 verbs to summarize the path proposed by V-Atlas (Video Analysis TooL Assisted by Slitscan). Whether alone or in a group, each person can identify, classify, categorize iconographic and narrative patterns in a set of still or moving images.

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Spatialize time

The slitscan process is exploited to cut the corpus and find its way into the temporality of the visual archive which is consulted.

Explore through visual patterns

Visual meaning is questioned by collage and montage. The encounter of the pictures on the V-Atlas plates, i.e. the assemblage made by the user allows a highlighting of figuralities passing through the visual archive.

Recompose the organization of pictures

The user can propose another structure or relationship between these pictures.

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