Maria Lantin | Time Space Scanner
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Time Space Scanner

The Time Space Scanner is a project for scanning living and dying organic matter that prioritizes neither time nor space but rather blends them to delve into the experience of memory, being and change. The Time Space Scanner uses a 2D flatbed scanner programmed to scan spatially random small samples at regular intervals, collecting 25,000 to 50,000 images over a period of 3-5 days. These micro captures are then reassembled and animated in real-time in a constantly changing mixture of rhythmic time and space. Any frame of the animation contains pixels drawn from multiple times and locations.


Within the Time Space Scanner project, we have started a new series of scans from a long composite walk that started on the shore of Kitsilano and will take us around the perimeter of Vancouver. During these walks, we collect materials for the scans and record sounds. After the walk we set up the scan and further document the experience with a poem composed of points of conversation, landmarks, and surprises, as the memories arrive. The poems are published on this website blog, under the label Epic Walk Diaries.


A new visual treatment for the Epic Walk series is needed in order to be able to blend from one portion of the walk to another and also to showcase both the macro view of the scan (the full composition of the the scanner bed) and the micro view of the individual scans, which always mesmerize and surprise us when the scanner is actively giving us new data. We also want to incorporate the words from the poem in a dynamic form. We have just started work on this new treatment, an example of which can be seen a video below.


Project Team
Maria Lantin – Artist, Programmer, Collector
Alex Hass – Artist, Designer, Collector
Simon Overstall – Audio Designer/Programmer