Video Art Program[The 50th Program] Dennis Hlynsky


Starlings Decide to Change Lines, 2015, color, sound, 2 min. 30 sec.
Fruit Flies Draw a Bowl of Ripe Fruit Shot from above, 2015, color, sound, 2 min.

In Starlings Decide to Change Lines, Dennis Hlynsky used a high-speed camera to film countless starlings perched on power lines all taking flight at once, shifting their trajectories, and crossing paths with another flock, and processed the images so that each frame is sustained for a certain length of time. The commotion and spectacle of a huge flock of birds at dusk is amplified into images of searing intensity.
Meanwhile, Fruit Flies Draw a Bowl of Ripe Fruit Shot from Above traces the accumulating trajectories of fruit flies, rendered visible according to the rules that dotted lines represent flight paths and solid lines the paths of crawling insects.
The artist has also filmed other organisms, such as crows, moths, and ants, and subjected them processes that effectively render visible their dynamics and movement paths, transforming morphologies from nature into transfixing works of art. Hlynsky uses today’s technology to capture complex systems lurking within the natural world, interpreting these phenomena from an artistic vantage point, and employing visual effects to present them to us as riveting works of video art.

Dennis Hlynsky:
Dennis Hlynsky was born in 1952 in Painesville-on-the-Lake, Ohio, USA, lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1974. Currently, he has become a professor and Head of the Film, Animation, Video, Department at the RISD. He has participated in many exhibitions including at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (Hobart, Australia) in 2015 and Fridge Art Fair 2014 (New York, USA).