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Archive for February, 2008

Paris 1983

15th February 2008 by brittany
arts | documentary arts | film | historical

Iris Piers – Paris 1983 (2005, 33.3MB, 2:39)

8mm film of her parents in Paris from 1983,
reedited by Iris Piers, who was in utero at the time.
Music by Vincent Delerm.
via [PAM]

Sensual Seduction

14th February 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | ephemera | music video

Snoop Dogg – Sensual Seduction (2007, 35.3MB, 4:08)

So Snoop Dogg is a misogynist and exploits
his own Black culture regularly.
I get it, and I preach it: the guy is nasty.
But if this isn’t an amazing music video,
I don’t know what is.
This song is called Sexual Eruption, but for
obvious reasons, the edited “clean” version
is the one being passed around.
It’s been out for several months, and I’ve been
debating whether or not to post it.
But since our mission is to post what thrills and
excites us, here it is.
I hope it does something similar for you.

Sporkworld Lumières

13th February 2008 by michael
arts | community | conceptual | Lumière | narrative | observational | portraiture | silent | vlog

Lawnmowing (2008, 3.9MB, 35 secs)

Mowing in February

Our Special Mowing in February Lawnmowers
are not the of the ordinary electric rotor,
gas-powered self-propelling,
or even hand pushed whirligig
human powered variety.
Our Mowing in February models
come with specially-equipped
permanently mounted plows
suitable for use by the most dedicated
lawnmowing enthusiasts
from September through May
in those clim’es so specially endowed
to understand the meaning
of a ‘Three Season Plow’

Martha Deed

Scraping (2008, 1.9MB, 58 secs)

Millie Niss & Martha Deed’s Sporkworld project is sui generis – entirely unbeholden to
fashion or cool & standing in a long & broad American tradition of such stubborn
(& sometimes even eccentric) beauty.
Their latest wheeze & a vastly effective one it is too, is the Sporkworld Microblog
which integrates many formerly slightly disparate areas of their activity – poetry, still
& moving imagery, filthy humour, a sense of life’s transience & tragedy & utter strangeness,
into one coherent, constantly unrolling whole.
Formally too, they are smarter than smart, as anyone with eyes will surely see -
they’ve taken the splendid Lumière form & integrated it beautifully.
It fits them like a glove.
Lawnmower in particular seems to have been crafted by a 21st century
suburban Breughel.

Meshes of the Afternoon

12th February 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | experimental | film | historical

Maya Deren – Meshes of the Afternoon (1943, 99.4MB, 13:30)

A fabulous old film about the subconscious and
the psychology of film noir,
Deren’s first major avant-garde work, a seminal piece,
made with her collaborator (and later husband)
Alexander (Hackenschmied) Hammid.
Originally a silent film without dialog,
music was composed for the piece
in 1959 by Deren’s third husband Teiji Ito.

Paul Kelly – two movies

11th February 2008 by michael
arts | experimental | flowers | nature | portraiture | silent | video

Armenia: Mandelstam
Armenia: Mandelstam (2007, 16.3MB, 3:24 min)

Track 4 (2007, 10.3MB, 1:46 min)

A couple of rather evocative & lyrical pieces from Paul Kelly
about whom I know very little.
On his site he’s says he’s reluctant to join the
online fray, publicising his work.
Know how he feels, but I’m glad he got in touch with us
& we’re pleased to show his stuff here- it deserves an audience.


8th February 2008 by brittany
activism | arts | cinema | education | observational | technology | trailer | webcam

LOOK (2007, 10.3MB, 1:43)

Trailer for LOOK, the movie, which is composed
entirely of surveillance camera footage.
LOOK asks (and attempts to answer) questions about
security versus privacy, highly relevant in modern,
legitimately paranoid times.
Are you always alone when you think you are?

No Country For Old Men

7th February 2008 by doron
arts | cinema | film | movie | trailer

No Country For Old Men
No Country For Old Men (trailer) (2007, 15 MB, 2:30 min.)

“Based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy.
The film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens
its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily
contemporary as this morning�s headlines.”

From – Miramax Films. directed by the Coen Brothers.

Up in Smoke

6th February 2008 by brittany
arts | ephemera | remix/mashup | video | vlog

Kisser (Up in Smoke) – Philip Sanderson (2005, 8.6MB, 2:54)

From the intentionally abandoned (but archived) brut smog.
Find more of Philip’s work here.

Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite – Paul D. Miller

5th February 2008 by doron
activism | arts | community | documentary arts | education | experimental | observational | performance | politics | video

Terra Nova: The Antarctic Suite (excerpt) (2008, 31 MB, 5:36 min.)

‘A look into the creative process of the making of DJ Spooky


4th February 2008 by brittany
arts | dance | music video | video

Tribulations (2005, 17.6MB, 3:59)

As the resident DVblog 20-something pseudo-hipster,
I’m almost contractually obligated to post video like this.
LCD Soundsystem makes insanely danceable tracks,
sometimes clocking in well over twelve minutes,
always ironically self-referential and poking fun
at their main demographic (who may/not be getting the joke).
So here is the 2005 hit single’s clever music video.
Girls with barrettes and men in women’s pants everywhere rejoice.