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Wizard of Oz (pixelised in time)

Wizard of Oz (pixelised in time)

Year: 2010

Medium: Digital c-print

Dimensions: 7cm x 5.5cm


The 1939 film, Wizard of Oz, was filmed in Technicolor. The opening and closing credits and Kansas scenes are shot in black and white then tinted in sepia. The Land of Oz is shot in three-strip Technicolor. The general colour of the film changes as Dorothy travels through the dramatic story happening in different places.
For the resulting work, all frames of the digital version of the film are separated and reduced to one colour for each frame by minimising the image of the frame into 1 pixel by 1 pixel image, which can contain only one colour. Based on the chronological order of the frames, the frames from the film, which are now reduced to single pixels, are arranged on an image grid from the left to right then to the next line when it reaches the end of the line. The ratio of the resulting image follows the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio of the original film.
The final image printed at 300 dpi contains the whole film as colour information.