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Kinetocast in autumn

14th November 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | ephemera | nature | vlog



Kinetocast – To Watch In Preparation For The Deep Fall (2006, 8.5MB, 1:25)


Kinetocast – To Watch For Help Getting Through (2007, 16.9MB, 2:55)

Two more from the endlessly delightful kinetocast,
conceptual pieces about existential moments.


New York Times Special Edition – The War Is Over

13th November 2008 by michael
activism | arts | happening | historical | humor | participatory | performance | politics | satire | video



New York Times Special Edition (2008, 16.2MB, 2:12 min)

Self-explanatory movie giving background & reaction
to the day before yesterday’s visionary prank ( &
how often do you hear those two words together?)
by those visionary pranksters The Yes Men.
More here.
Breathtaking & inspiring.


Wild Combination – A Portrait of Arthur Russell

12th November 2008 by brian
arts | community | documentary | historical | portraiture | trailer


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A Portrait of Arthur Russell (trailer) (2008, 7MB, 2:11 min.)

Wild Combination is Matt Wolf’s acclaimed documentary on seminal
avant-garde composer, singer-songwriter, cellist, and disco producer
Arthur Russell. Before his death in 1992, Arthur created music that
spanned both pop and the transcendent possibilities of abstract art.
The film incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from
Arthur’s family, friends, collaborators and admirers, including
Philip Glass, Allen Ginsberg, Jens Lekman, and many more.”


2 from Bernard Gigounon

11th November 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | ephemera | video



Bernard Gigounon – Looking Down (2005, 4.9MB, 2:21)


Bernard Gigounon – Rem


Nicolas Provost – Bataille

10th November 2008 by doron
arts | cinema | conceptual | experimental | film | remix/mashup | video


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Bataille (clip) (2003, 1MB, 32 sec.)

“In Bataille, fragments from the Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon
are subject to a mirror effect. A scene in which two samurai fight
each other becomes a cosmic field of monsters where horror and
pain evoke beauty and joy.”

from Nicolas Provost.


Zach Kmiec – mmmff

7th November 2008 by brittany
arts | cellphone | conceptual | documentary arts | documentary odd | ephemera | humor | technology | vlog



Mmmff Activities Workshop 2006: Call for entries (2006, 10.1MB, 1:58)


Mmmff Activities Workshop 2006 (2006, 13.8MB, 3:44)

Here’s the setup:
Jennifer Proctor taught a videoblogging class at the
University of Iowa in 2006. Every student set up
his/her own videoblog and made vloggy goodness.
Then, many abandoned their work, though I’d
personally expect nothing less.

While I knew one of the students in the class
(UI is one of my alma maters), a guy I didn’t
know – mmmff – caught my attention more.
Using a cell phone I’m pretty sure he just found
somewhere, Zach then made collage videos of the
five seconds or less the phone would capture in every go.

In the first video, the premise of the phone and
its limitations are introduced, and in the second
follow-up piece, the plan – to make a compilation
of activities you can do in 5 seconds or less – is executed.

It’s pretty much the opposite of boring, predictable,
talk-to-your-camera vids that litter so many hosting
services these days.
This is video functioning within constraints.
It’s also wildly hilarious.
Some of the very best random and weird videoblog
work I’ve ever seen.


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

6th November 2008 by brittany
activism | arts | design | education | video



Seth Brau – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (2008, 18.1MB, 4:31)

Really lovely piece of moving typology from
Seth Brau of the Human Rights Action Center.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
turns 60 this year. Read the full text here.
Music from Rumspringa.
Video via Osocio


Sharon Hayes – Symbionese Liberation Army Screeds #13, 16, 20 & 29

5th November 2008 by brittany
arts | conceptual | historical | performance | politics | video



Sharon Hayes – Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds #13, 16, 20 & 29 (2002, 7.4MB, 2:49)

Between 2001 and 2002, artist Sharon Hayes
reenacted four tapes from the SLA Patty Hearst
abduction in 1974. These respeakings were
performed before an audience, mostly memorized,
but the audience was instructed to correct or feed
Hayes a line when she made a mistake.
Entertaining, reflective, and somewhat moving.
A real treat whether you lived through the original
events or not.


Voting

4th November 2008 by michael
activism | arts | community | controversy | documentary | education | historical | humor | observational | politics | satire | video


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Voting (2008, 37.2MB, 13:37)

I know we featured the folks at Sporkworld only recently
but they just posted this and it’s wonderful
- & somewhat topical…
Watch it all – it’s deadly serious but Millie Niss
makes her points with the kind of comic timing
many would kill for.


What Is – The Cupcake – or – King of the Hill

3rd November 2008 by brittany
arts | humor | vlog



What Is – The Cupcake – or – King of the Hill (2005, 11.1MB, 2:58)

Very funny war film spoof from defunct vlog What Is.