AMG  STRAIN  Software

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AMG Strain Software is freely available software for improvising digital video playback written by Barbara Lattanzi.

AMG Strain Software is based on the structural algorithm conceived by Anne McGuire (AMG) for her deconstructive videotape, "Strain Andromeda, The" (1992). AMG Strain Software adopts the structure of Anne McGuire's earlier video as an interface for improvising digital video playback.

AMG Strain Software translates McGuire's structural algorithm by dividing the viewer-selected quicktime video into variable length segments and playing back the dynamically-variable segments in reverse order.

McGuire's "Strain Andromeda, The" detourns the Hollywood feature film "The Andromeda Strain" (directed by Robert Wise, 1972, based on the 1968 Michael Crichton novel) and unravels with it the industrial mode of montage coupled to hegemonic representation (or, in the spirit of her title, 'Order Symbolic The').

AMG Strain Software via "Strain Andromeda, The" recursively pushes cinematic representation out of its creaky containment by montage (even while depending upon it). AMG Strain Software ventures into what "Strain Andromeda, The" anticipates: a different temporal field of affective projection and play.

Barbara Lattanzi