Click here for the Vancouver public art installation Flow that ran from 2009 to 2023 at 1 Kingsway

Welcome to Flow 24/7 Online (2024-).

This live feed is being re-coded, currently under maintenance by the City of Vancouver Public Art Program, so the above feed is currently down.
all images copyright Fiona Bowie 2024 with the exception of pre 1920 archive images (use granted for Flow), copyright City of Vancouver Archives.

Flow 24/7 Online is a continuously changing tableau in which hundreds of photographic portraits andĀ altered landscapes, shot by Fiona Bowie are blended as scenes. The scenes change every two to four minutes. Due to the proprietary software created by Sidney Felt and Morgan Hibbert, no image is ever exactly replicated.

Over the course of the day and night, Flow shifts between live and constructed tableaus in which hundreds of photographic portraits and altered landscapes, shot by Fiona Bowie, are blended and projected onto the changing surface. The scenes change every two to four minutes. The transitions from one scene to another are so slow that a face is sometimes barely discernable over a background - prompting several people to characterize this aspect of work as having a dream like or hallucinatory quality.

A system custom-designed by Bowie and Sidney Fels allows figures shot at different times to appear as if they simultaneously present, with a core group of these figures or actors recurring in a manner that implicitly suggests they're part of a larger narrative. Images that are linked (or 'friended' to eachother) embrace unlikely combinations: disparate F-stops combine the blurred edges of portraits upon clear backgrounds and purposefully contrary lighting schemes.

The host of characters have been arranged into social groups: a core of main characters appear more often than most and more often with other main characters. Because of varying likely hood of appearance, some will become more familiar than others over the months and years to regular visitors to 1 Kingsway. The core group have more focused (willful) countenances than the general population: they were shot as if engaged in dialogue/interaction. The general population are often far more candid in nature.
Flow runs every moment of everyday of the year, allowing viewers in any time zone to see the work unfold according to the dayly flow of the Northwest Pacific Time Zone, where the work was created. Visitors to this site are encouraged to engage with the work by clicking on the "Put words in our mouths" link to play with dialogue and attribute phrases to characters pictured within the work. Over the course of the day, the work refreshes every two minutes, so if there is an image that captures the viewers imagination, they may capture it and choose from a number of phrases penned by Fiona Bowie and excerpts of lyrics by The Residents, The New Pornographers, Spores, SLickerslacker and Chopper. This collection of phrases is dynamic and will be added to over time.

Once an image is chosen by the viewer, they can then attribute dialogue to the characters* captured within the mis-en-scene. This dialogue will be available to them in the form of pull down menus. After choosing the phrase(s), it will be saved and be permanently attached to the uploaded image in the Flow archive.

Flow 24/7 online screen grab

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