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Edward Picot – Job’s Comforters

28th October 2013 by michael
adaptation | arts | conceptual | experimental | literature | poetry | silent | strange | text | video



Job’s Comforters (2013, 3MB, 7:00 min)

Those who associate Edward Picot solely with his marvellous Dr Hairy series,
wickedly funny and pointed satire in the kind of lo-fi/hand made tradition
that comes down from Postgate and Firmin might be quite taken
aback by this. You have to watch the whole thing. Until shortly before the
end you seem to be simply watching a poetic & minimal retelling of a bible
story, then the whole thing suddenly lurches several gears into the kind of
territory that one associates more with Tarr and Kasznahorkai at their most
bleak and disturbing (and somehow their most bracing and exhilarating too).
It’s a punch to the solar plexus of a piece and simply magnificent.
I don’t know where its bleakness comes from or takes us but what it does
en route burns into you.


Osvaldo Cibils – 2 Humans, 1 Paper

31st March 2013 by michael
arts | audio | bliss | collaboration | conceptual | dance | event | experimental | happening | live art | new media art | performance | place | poetry | strange | theatre | video | webcam | YouTube



2 Humans, 1 Paper (2013, 10MB, 3:38 min)

I first stumbled across Osvaldo Cibils and his marvellously eclectic and well..simply marvellous work
on Flickr but he seems to have all sorts of things going.
So simple but so, so telling. Kind of Buster Keaton meets Bruce Nauman meets something hard to pin down but lyrical, grotesque and smart all at once.
My kind of artist.
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2 humans 1 paper
video art/soundart.
performance with plotter paper 200 x 107 centimeters.
performers: fiorella alberti architect and osvaldo cibils artist.
place: artist’s studio. Via della Cervara, 55 – 38121 – Trento (TN) Italia
22 march 2013, 20 hours


Almost 7 Minutes of Unalloyed Bliss

25th December 2012 by michael
animation | drawing | experimental | historical | humor | strange



What’s Opera Doc? (1957, 57.2MB, 6:52 min)

Remember the tingle down the spine when the first song kicks in in
the musical episode of Buffy?
Well, here’s the template from 1957.
Cartoons featuring talking and singing animals performing opera simply
do not get better than this.

Wishing you all a very happy holiday season…


Sam Easterton – Animal Vegetable Video

5th December 2012 by mica
arts | community | conceptual | documentary | education | experimental | humor | movie making | nature | observational | participatory | serial | strange | video


ardvark
Ardvark (2001, 1.6MB, 15 sec.)

scorpion
Scorpion (2001, 1.1MB, 10 sec.)

tumble1
Tumbleweeds (2001, 1.2MB, 10 sec.)

wolf
Wolf (2001, 1.1MB, 10 sec.)

Since 1988, Sam Easterton has been using tiny
‘helmet mounted’ cameras to create an archive of videos filmed
from the perspective of plants and animals.


Burroughs, Balch & Gysin – The Cut-Ups

4th December 2012 by michael
arts | conceptual | experimental | film | historical | movie making | remix/mashup | strange


 the cut ups
The Cut-Ups (clip) (1966, 15.4MB, 1:20 min.)

William Burroughs & co-conspirators made this in 1966.
1966! – could’ve been the day after tomorrow.


Will Goss – Penmanship

29th November 2012 by michael
arts | experimental | strange | video


beanstalk
Penmanship (2010, 75 MB,2:59 min)

Genius.

Is that an actor, or frighteningly, is it appropriated documentary
of some normally little viewed, fringe sort?


Will Goss – Failure is an Option

27th November 2012 by michael
arts | bliss | experimental | remix/mashup | strange | video


beanstalk
Failure is an Option (2010, 53 MB, 2:03 min)

More rum goings-on from the prodigously talented Will Goss.
Is that the Kalevala?
More on Thursday.


Alan Sondheim – Kelvin Helmholtz Clouds

6th November 2012 by michael
arts | nature | observational | photography | science | strange | video



Kelvin Helmholtz Clouds (2008, 5.6MB, 24 secs)

It’s funny – even when Sondheim does picturesque there’s
something very defiantly personal about his take on it.
Here it’s the way that the sequence of images just occasionally
looks as if it hadn’t been thrown together at random but
most of the time it does.
And this does not matter -in fact it’s an asset -there’s a shamanic
urgency to everything Sondheim does which is wholly engaging.


Huzzah for Brittany Shoot!

5th November 2012 by michael
community | conceptual | experimental | humor | music video | performance | politics | remix/mashup | strange | video | YouTube



Woah (2009, 6.1MB, 41 sec loop)


Bush Shoe (2009, 2.8MB, 27 secs)


Protest (2009, 14.1MB, 26 secs)

It’s the James-Bond-Martini scenario – tinder dry & leaving you
both shaken and stirred.
Three reasons to say “Huzzah for Brittany Shoot!“.

PS nobody in the UK actually says Huzzah, whatever you might have been told.


Will Goss – from Magenta’s Caress

2nd November 2012 by michael
arts | experimental | humor | narrative | performance | strange | video


beanstalk
Beanstalk [from Magenta's Caress #3] (2010, 125 MB, 3:50 min)

This is great. It forcibly calls to mind the early work of the sainted Hal Hartley
and whilst it’s arguable that some of what’s on offer here is like a sort
of condensed supercharged bucket of HH’s stylistic tics I find none of that
irritating in the way I might have expected, rather it’s a definite plus, by some odd
counter-intuitive magic. It’s the very over-the-topness of it all that lends
it its huge charm.
More from Will Goss soon.