about this blog…



My name is Nicholas Buer.  

I am a Video Editor and Motion Graphics Artist based in London and the South East. 

This blog is a record of my research for an MA in Digital Arts undertaken at Camberwell College of Arts between September 2007 to August 2008.



MADA3 Assessment evidence

For information regarding my FINAL SHOW PIECE:  CLICK HERE


For Information regarding my contribution to the ASSEMBLY OF THE FINAL SHOW:  CLICK HERE


For Information regarding my PROJECT REPORT:  CLICK HERE


For Information regarding my progress with PURE DATA during this unit:  CLICK HERE


For Information regarding my WEBSITE, which also acts as the host for supplement VIDEO, AUDIO and PHOTOGRAPHIC work created during this unit:  CLICK HERE


For Information regarding CONTEXTUALISATION of work:  CLICK HERE 



I’ve got my website up and running.  This site will act as a host for supplement video, audio and photographic work that I have created during this MA, and of which will not be part of my final show piece.  I intend to continue to add to this site over the next month, and also beyond this MA.  

When you visit they site, run the cursor over the dots of the image, you will find that some will turn red, and by clicking on these red dots you will be taken to a new window in which to view the work that you have found.    

As my ideas evolve, so will my website.  This investigative space will continue to act as the works virtual identity.


To visit the site CLICK HERE


Zoe Leonard…

Since the mid-1990’s, Zoe Leonard has subtly altered the content of her art practice, turning away from earlier enquires into gender and sexuality toward extended meditations on how the affects of time can manifest themselves in objects and the relationship between the man-made and the natural.

Her series ‘Analog‘ is an ongoing archive comprising of several thousand photographs that is equal parts artistic venture and documentary undertaking.  It catalogues the disappearance of handmade signage and storefronts on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she lived for over twenty years, as well as imagery from other cites around the world.  

What I like about her work is that it never seems to dictate, it rather shows than tells, and this allows the  viewer to create their own personal response to her sculptures and photographs.  I also like the fact that she documents places that have, or potentially are in the process of being lost, and by doing this creates a new platform from which they can be consumed again through art and documentary.  It reveals the beauty and tenacity of human expression in the midst of corporate monopolies and global economy.


Flight patterns by Aaron koblin…

Aaron Koblin is a digital artist based in San Francisco.  He creates software and architectures to transform social and infrastructural data into artwork using processing, an open source programming language and environment capable of programming images, animations and interactions.

This work ‘Flight Patterns’ uses data from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create animations that show the flight patterns of planes over the U.S over a 24 hour period.  The flight paths have then been plotted to show the flight patterns and traffic density.  Please see this site for more information.  

Although this piece is not related to my specific line of enquiry, which is the non-space that is our roads and motorways, it is still an investigation into another example of non-space, and although the results are beautiful, fluid patterns, they also act a poignant reminder of our permanent presence and continuous activity within this non-space.

My reasoning for bringing this work to attention is for the purpose of my future development.  I intend to continue to investigate and question the non-spaces of our modern society and to observe new ways of identifying with these spaces.  The air space is probably the most challenging of all.  It throws up new ways of perceiving time, as we travel across time zones into the future and also the past. It does not possess as much of a physical quality as its terra firma counterparts, and this consequently throws up new challenges as to how we affect it.  It is also probably the greatest example of our modern, accelerated world, as our bodies alter to cope with the pressurised cabins and then readjust themselves as a result of literally traveling forward/backwards through time.  

I look forward to researching this space further in the future, there is a lot of scope for investigation into this space and I feel it could lead onto some quite interesting work.  


Final show space…

For the MA final show I am located in the corridor in the basement.  This space suits my work aesthetically and conceptually (thanks to Adriano for curating the show and giving me such a great space!) 

Conceptually, the corridor is a transitory space, it is the space in which all visitors to the show will have to pass through in order to see the other work located in the other 3 rooms in the basement (which by the way is looking great!)

As my work focuses on transitory spaces this space lends itself perfectly to my installation as visitors will inevitably have to pass through this space, the sensor will continually be triggered and therefore the work will be allowed to fulfill its intentions.

Aesthetically, I first intended to use a projector, my reasoning for this was that the space is quite large and I am the only one showing there.  Although I like the idea of my work having to be found rather than seen, Adriano, as well as other students felt that by displaying something very small within this space would be unsuccessful.  So I needed to scale it up and take full advantage of the space.  

Even though we decided that the visual imagery would need to be large, I felt that I could still maintain the subtlety that my work intends to have by only using one sensor.  By using one sensor there would be a relatively small, narrow area in which the work could be triggered, this will hopefully maintain an element of investigation for the viewer yet also the work (methodology wise) could still become lost.

The problem then arose that because the the corridor is quite narrow, I couldn’t get the distance a needed to make the projection large enough by using the parallel wall.  This meant that I would have needed to project at an angle, and consequently the visuals would not have maintained their correct aspect ratio (it would have been a sort of sideways triangle as opposed to a rectangle)

To add to this I then found out that I couldn’t get a projector from the central loan store at Camberwell until the 23rd of June because they were all out on loan for the B.A. shows, and the 23rd of June was also assessment day! meaning that I couldn’t build my piece within the allocated show build time (16th to the 20th June) and as this space needed a lot of configuring I decided that it was not going to be possible to use a projector like I originally intended.

Moshe and Katrin were hiring plasma screens for their piece so I decided to jump on board and hire a 43″ screen for myself (thanks to Katrin for sourcing and organsing this 🙂 )  and as it turned out, this was a great decision.

Below is a diagram showing how I intend to install the work within the space.

The computer will be stored and powered within the storage cupboard located at the end of the corridor. The wires for the visuals and audio will be laid and taped along the skirting boards, over the door frame and underneath the door to the computer, this will keep all wires off the floor therefore they cannot be tripped over.  The screen will be powered from the socket that is located opposite the cupboard door.  

As it turns out, using a Plasma screen solves a lot of problems.  It solved the aspect ratio problem as the video could now be displayed as it was originally intended.  It solved the scale of the work issues as it was large enough to cater for the size of the space.  It also solved my audio issues as before when I intended to use a projector, I would have needed to mount some small speakers somewhere above within the corridor, this would have equalled to more wires, more clutter and more conversations (if you can call them that!) with the building facilities management to pass all health and safety requirements.  This decision cleaned up my whole vision, and as a result I have ended up with a final piece that I am much more happy to stand by.    


Plinth emails + plinth build etc…

We finally got all the materials delivered on Tuesday (17th June) to build the Plinths for the final show.  We managed to get it all a little cheaper (£16 as opposed to £22)  and the excess money was used for each individuals (who purchased a plinth) contribution to the final show brochure.  

As it turned out we couldn’t build some of the plinths for the students showing in the I.T room as we were unable to remove the large table as it was firmly fixed to the wall, but the materials were offset as some of the students requirements (measurements and quantity etc) changed as the show build continued.  So after a lot of discussion and five days of building plinths it all turned out ok! even though during this time I felt like I was working more towards a qualification in carpentry as opposed to digital arts!

I kept a record of the emails I sent whilst organising this element of the show.  


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