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iligili – Lulu PIP

18th January 2012 by doron
animation | arts | bliss | music | remix/mashup | viral


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Lulu PIP (2009, 194 MB, 12:10 min.)

iligili has been doing hardcore pornography art and music videos
for over 25 years now. In the last decade he has been living in the Republic of Colombia
where he gets most of his inspiration for the upbeat, ‘in your face’ extravaganza.


Betty Martins – <em>When the Souls Arrive</em>

22nd December 2011 by michael
arts | bliss | community | documentary arts | interview | portraiture | video


when the souls arrive

I recently attended a fairly high profile art video festival,
which shall be nameless, and I came away feeling depressed.
There was some good work (indeed, some magnificent, not much, but some) but
on the whole it was just a dispiriting display of meretricious effects, sloppy thinking
and a striving for the quick impression; all pretty souless & forgettable stuff.
(Oh, and plus a lot of cliched tosh about the – yawn – “post-human”. Wasn’t post human,
most of it, so much as post-being-any-good)
Then, on the other hand, you come across something like this:
no in-your-faceness, modest, austere and subtle, makes you do a little bit of work,
but so, so worth spending time with.
is the Brazilian video maker who made this small and perfect gem
- an account of the celebration of the Day of the Dead by expat Mexicans
living in London.
You can see the whole thing here (and I urge you to do so).
Betty Martins cheered me up considerably and I look forward to much more
work of this quality from her.


Philippe Decouflé – Le P’tit Bal

14th December 2011 by michael
arts | bliss | dance | music video | poetry


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Le P’tit Bal (1994, 14MB, 3:48 min)

Total joy.

Video: Philippe Decouflé
Song: Le P’tit Bal Perdu byAndré Bourvil


Andrew Norman Wilson #5

30th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | serial | strange | video


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The Incorporation of Demands for Liberation(2011, 13MB, 3:24 min)

Brilliant!
Last piece from ANW, for the moment, although we
certainly hope to feature more in the future -
some of the most original and exciting work I’ve seen recently.

For some context see Monday’s post.


Andrew Norman Wilson #4

29th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | new media art | performance | politics | satire | serial | strange | technology | video


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Flow Spot Test #6 (2011, 18MB, 3:34 min)

“Just downloading apps at my Blanc Laptop Cart when all
of a sudden BenJi, an old teammate from XpresSpa shows up.
He happens to be subcontracted now by the American Airlines
subsidiary AffinityAlliance as an evaluator of potential for their
Oneworld Alliance codeshare lounges (of which FlowSpot is the
newest member).”

See Monday and Tuesday’s posts.


Andrew Norman Wilson #3

28th September 2011 by michael
advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | serial | strange | technology | video


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Network Research (2011, 75MB, 2:11 min)

See Monday’s post.


Andrew Norman Wilson #2

27th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | serial | strange | technology | video


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Flow Spot Test #5 (2011, 57MB, 2:03 min)

“Just having my early afternoon session of Body-Work with
Nnah, my Body-Designer.”

Says ANW, of the FlowSpot Tests:

For a large-scale exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
I created a color coordinated airport/hotel/mall/bank/spa/biennial lounge to
offer a site of relaxation and bodily engagement in an exhibition dominated
by isolated, sellable art objects.
All lounge products were purchased through online transactions (mostly
Target and Walmart), and were returned at the end of the exhibition.
My dystopic science fiction news video Global Countdown played on
a 55” flat panel monitor.
On opening night, visitors to FlowSpot could register for massages from
licensed massage therapists. While participants received massages they
could not see anything and listened to my directors commentary of the
Global Countdown video. The commentary consists of very basic visual
descriptions, with the goal being that the person receiving the massage
can visualize the video in their minds.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, I used the lounge as a science
fiction video set to make “FlowSpot Tests.” In these videos I engaged
with the lounge both conceptually and materially in a color coordinated
outfit.
Contact me if you are interested in opening a FlowSpot in your airport,
hotel, mall, bank, spa, biennial, gallery, cultural center, or any other
space that you own/lease/use.

See also.


Andrew Norman Wilson – Webinars & FlowSpot Tests

26th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | serial | strange | technology | video


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Anxiety About Relationships Between Friendship and Business (2011, 11MB, 2:41 min)

I’m so taken with Andrew Norman Wilson’s work I’m going to devote
the whole first week of this DVblog season to it.

He initially sent us a longish piece, Networking with Andrew Norman Wilson
made with Nicholas O’Brien of Bad At Sports.
It’s wonderful but pretty huge so you should definitely go and
look at the Vimeo version there.

On Monday, Weds and Friday of this week we’ll post smaller
pieces extracted from that (but without the commentary or
‘interview’ as it is styled elsewhere [-the text on the BAS page linked above]) ,
On Tuesday and Thursday we’ll post two of Wilson’s FlowSpot Tests
with some accompanying explanation from him.

I find this work in general very exciting because it does a lot
of interesting, nuanced and often rather funny (and I’m in favour of funny -
there are very few great works of art which contain no funny at all)
and intially apparently contradictory things.

Let me give you my take on it.
The Webinars are all composed entirely of footage sourced from Pond5
“the worlds stock media marketplace” . The FlowSpot Tests are performative
pieces involving bizarre consumer items sourced from e-bay and wallmart and
deployed in a 21st Century updating of silent movie Lloyd-Keaton-Chaplin
deadpan involving, too, a certain degree of slapstick
and displaying a deliciously calibrated sense of the ridiculous.
The Webinars (a least when one takes account of their titles and certainly viewed
in the light of the commentary from “networking”) are a kind of consumerist
reductio-ad-absurdam.
The intent is celarly in some sense satirical but the pieces take risks in
that they don’t stop and end in critique – there is an understanding of
how toxically compelling some of this imagery is and to some extent they
toy with celebrating this.
Wilson is clearly a natural movie maker. He doesn’t restrain himself from
visual flourishes and jokes which are by no means integral to any
satirical case but make the pieces more fun to watch.
(The distortion effects applied to objects in the periphery of the
action in FlowSpot Test #5 are a case in point.)
Additionally, and most impressively, there is a muddying of the
waters in Networking… (and by implication the
Webinars and FlowSpot Tests) whereby
cogent and apparently straightforward philosophising is allowed
to cross pollinate/contaminate with the satire and vice versa,
leaving the viewer with -ahem- work to do.
This work is not glib; it takes risks – in order to maintain its
high level potency it risks misunderstanding.

A look at Wilson’s CV shows a spell spent working for a
labour union and I read the impulse behind these pieces
as radically anti-commodification and corporate mind rot.
Agit-prop, thankfully, it’s not, but “something rich and strange”
– radical art for interesting times to come.
Nice to see this when so many younger artists seem to be
tempted by a career orientated and somewhat cynical celebration
of that same deadend emptiness.


Eddie Whelan/Ruby Kendrick Do Me Right

16th June 2011 by michael
arts | bliss | collaboration | music video | performance | video


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Do Me Right (2011, 62MB, 2:25 min)

Gosh! this is lovely and Gosh! Eddie Whelan is talented & capable.
We’ve admired his data-moshing skills on a number of occasions
but the man clearly has range and whats the word? – yes -
application
. This vid for Ruby Kendrick looks so light and easy
and yet one jusy knows what it cost in time and effort
(and inspiration).
Oh -but worth it, so worth it.


Wikipedia Art in London

26th May 2011 by michael
arts | bliss | collaboration | community | conceptual | controversy | documentary | exhibition | experimental | installation | new media art | strange


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Wikipedia Art Intro (2011, 114MB, 2:29 min)

And, appropriately following on from yesterday’s post, a little intro
to the splendid Kildall/Stern Wikipedia Art project which is showing, as part
of a two person show at London’s Furtherfield gallery (formerly HTTP)
from this Friday.
(One individual piece by each artist too – promises to be a real treat)

Private view tonight 6:30 (Thurs.) – all welcome, maybe see you there.

This piece narrated in Stern’s breathless-puppy-dog-with-an-off-the-dial-IQ
trademark delivery with reassuringly measured interventions by the
no less smart & talented Kildall.

Edit by Foster Stilp, plus suitably keyed up and excited music by Stilp and
Kevin McGillivray, who together trade as Felixsofia