NUMBER 34, will explore, and capture the trajectory of a baseball.
Hi! My name is Bobby Davidson and I am a Brooklyn-based artist and I am here on Kickstarter to raise funds to support my motion study experiment NUMBER 34. Please read below for details!
What is the NUMBER 34 about? Well, I must begin with a brief mention of the great American pastime, baseball. In my mind, baseball is distinctive among the other major sports for many reasons, but time is the one reason in particular that fascinates me most. In baseball, time is almost irrelevant; it represents an undefined aspect of the game. And at the center of this dynamic we find the Pitcher; the one position with the most influence on the passage of time during the game.
My project, NUMBER 34, will celebrate and examine this role of the pitcher. However, my pitcher will not be man, but machine. I invite you on a journey in which I will be transporting a pitching machine to a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert to conduct the ultimate experiment; documenting the trajectory of a single baseball traveling across the desert horizon line at 90 mph.
NUMBER 34 will be conducted as an "art experiment" which will result in slow motion video and large format still photography.
So what happens when I explore this notion of pitching, slow this process down, dissect it, and record the ball's visual space? Awesomeness and I can't wait to share it with you...
In order to physically get this pitching machine to the desert and document the trajectory of the baseball there are logistics:
- Purchasing and transport of the pitching machine.
- Rental of high speed camera to capture slow motion footage of the baseball.
- Film and processing
Aside from baseball, NUMBER 34, is inspired by Edward Muybridge’s 1872 motion study experiments. I am interested in Muybridge’s pursuit of divorcing motion from time but more importantly in examining speed, force, and gravity through a baseball. And although this project is rooted in science and theory, nature plays a crucial role. In my experiment, the horizon line of the Mojave Desert becomes a guide for the baseball and ultimately a marker of velocity; showing the ball’s speed and it’s ability to become parallel to the desert horizon.
Raising the goal beyond $2,000
I would like to share with you what can be accomplished with a $2,000+ budget. Simply put, the more funds raised the better the quality of both the production and post-production.
While I am using a lot of my own equipment and relying on colleagues to volunteer their time and expertise for the actual production, there will be post- production costs that will need to be met after the actual shoot wraps.
These costs include:
Digital Lab Fees for drum scans
Proofing paper for test prints
Printer ink cartridges
Harddrive storage for both scanned files and hi speed camera footage
That being said, the more funds I raise over my goal the more these generous donations will positively effect success of the entire Number 34 project.
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This is the last step for my production expenses and I really hope you can help me reach my goal. Thank you.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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