Cadence – Tori Foster’s Eternal Rush Hour

Keeping in line with her prolonged interest in representing urban flows, Tori Foster’s Cadence transforms vehicular activity into a four-minute loop of flowing streams of animated electromagnetic flip-discs. Drawing on footage of rush hour from a busy Toronto highway, the display distills individual cars down to their headlights and codifies each vehicle as two vertical ‘pixels’. The four bands of traffic flip along in varying densities and—when read in aggregate—the kinetic installation plays out as a minimalist phase piece.

An excerpt from Foster’s statement for the project:

Cadence is an electro-magnetic flip-disc display that chronicles vehicular activity on a one-kilometre stretch of highway during rush hour. Each vehicle’s headlights are portrayed by two white discs. The fast lane is positioned at the top of the display, below which are the middle lane and slow lane. The curved lane that ascends at bottom left represents the entry ramp, while the exit ramp on the lower right carries traffic off of the highway. The sinusoidal wave generated by the emergent traffic patterns can be seen in the compression and expansion of the vehicles as they travel.

Cadence is currently installed as part of Foster’s solo exhibition Quotidian Trajectories at Toronto’s Pari Nadimi Gallery and will be on display through late May.

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Exhibition open until 24.05.2014

See also: Breakfast NY’s Reactive Super-Speed Electromagnet Dot Display and LAB[au]’s Signal to Noise

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