“Cross-processing” in the film domain involves using the chemicals intended for one kind of film on, essentially, the wrong kind of film. After discovering some effects by mistake, the technique largely makes use of negative image.

But what if the idea, conceptually, were applied to digital video? This workshop in Portugal by No-Domain explores the idea:

The Comunicar Design/ ESAD invited us to give a workshop that we called it “Video Cross Processing”, name inspired by the classic 90´s C-41 reverse chemicals process.
During the workshop 25 students shared an exciting experience playing with a lo-fi-video-technique to generate analogue glitches, textures, errors, colors, cathode distortions, graphics patterns and a bunch of plastic expressions found through analogue screens from tube and flats tv to mobiles phones.
The game was starting from a single letter (like c,r,o,s,s…) and then captured from a screen through another screen through a screen…screenscreenscreen….
4 hours workshop session using old televisions, minidv cams, phone and digital cameras, scanners and other material such as acetato, plastic, water bottles, paper…

X-Pross Images & Voices: Workshop participants.
Direction, Post & Sound: No-Domain.

Comunicar Design 2011.
ESAD – Escola Superior de Artes e Design de Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.

In other words, not only were layers of digital processing used to achieve the effect, but the whole activity was playfully structured as a game using the word as a kind of acrostic for actions.

http://www.no-domain.tv/ is a Barcelona-based design collective.

What I love about images from the workshop is the variety of techniques used, processing in layers of steps. I find I’m happiest myself in similar kinds of play, and it’s great to see it applied to a workshop – with lots of lenses, screens, and digital cameras in sight, all the more to keep the chains of processing going. It’s like having a digital darkroom — in the light of day. (A happy thought for sunny summer weather.)


Found on the fantastic Triangulation Blog, which badly belongs in your RSS feed reader. Heck, it’s a reminder of why you should still have an RSS feed reader.

  • http://bluecrash.com Morgan Freeman

    I filmed this, then edited it in real time with a screen capture of Glitch effects: &nbsp ;http://vimeo.com/bluecrash/emptychairs

  • http://noisepages.com/members/jhhl/ Henry Lowengard

    Nam June lives!

    This is bringing back memories of shooting a B&W tv screen in serious need of degaussing with a PXL 2000 smooshed right against the screen. Since the PXL added its own special blend of lo-fi distortion, it was as if every image had several layers of quotes around it. 

  • Luke Noonan

    Fun stuff. Reminds me of Josh Parkins work (Though if memory serves he usually does it with some ungodly number of filters.)
    http://vimeo.com/17228296

  • http://www.looppool.info Rick Walker's l

    I love this idea of cross-processing and have been doing it a lot in the past two years with tons of lo fi approaches (toy digital cameras and video camera,  trailing edge webcam and trailing edge cell phones).     I also have loved filming different kinds of natural interference patters…….reprojecting the images through 

    found translucent and mildly opaque surfaces (plastic, bottles, toy 'glitter' balls, magnifying glasses, et. al.) and then re-filming it, either lo fi or hi fi.      I'm designing audio effects right now and fascinated by the concept of visual degradation algorithms (paint wearing out on fences, boid algorithms, particle and fluid dynamic algorithms,  rust, wind and water erosion) that could be synaesthetically applied to musical 'degratdation'.     People can 'age' digital pictures using their iPhones……..why can't we 'age'  audio in a similar fashion?

  • http://www.youtube.com/looppool Rick Walker's l

    ps   my films are really minimalistic and simple but they are here if anyone is curious:

     They are low fi, toy digital 'animations' of my own abstract electronica and live looping compositions.

    http://www.youtube.com/looppool

  • http://michaelpatrickperez.wordpress.com Michael-Patrick Pere

    @Rick Walker | loop.pool

    Hey Rick. I really dig your videos. I am glad to see some more lo-fi stuff is still being made. Do you happen to have a vimeo account/site? Check out some of the videos I have made in the past, here:&nbsp ;http://bit.ly/iiP2y3
    I have more on my profile.

    I have also done some really cool stuff via my iSight camera on my iMac VS my iPhone! I am going to be uploading more videos of mine soon onto my vimeo account.

    Great work!