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Archive for October, 2010

Marina Zurkow: Slurb – single channel animation

15th October 2010 by doron
animation | arts | community | installation | landscape | narrative | new media art | video

Slurb (excerpt) (2009, 24 MB, 3:43 min.)

“Slurb” was originally commissioned for a 2009 Tampa, Fla., arts festival.
The 18 min. continuous loop with an ambient electronic pop-inspired soundtrack
paints a picture of a post-apocalyptic future world that’s been destroyed by some
sort of alluvial pollution-triggered catastrophe.
By Marina Zurkow.
Music by Lem Jay Ignacio. Additional animation: Jen Kelly

Martha Deed – War and Peace

14th October 2010 by michael
arts | documentary | experimental | landscape | nature | observational | place | poetry | video

War and Peace
War and Peace (2006, 35.4MB, 2:34 min.)

Some delicate & tough poetry of the everyday &
the often overlooked (& thence of all we are & of
our place in the natural world too) from Martha Deed in 2006.

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Herbert Wentscher – All For the Best

13th October 2010 by doron
advertising | arts | audio | commerce | community | conceptual | historical | humor | satire | tv | video

All For the Best

Morrisa Maltz – Previous Process

12th October 2010 by michael
abstract | arts | conceptual | experimental | performance | portraiture | somatic | strange | video

previous process
Previous Process (2010, 15MB, 1:25 min)

New work from Morrisa Maltz, both revisiting and developing
themes, images and ideas from previous work.
Maltz’s work is growing & unfolding at a slightly scary pace.
The piece too, a little bit scary; or, better, unheimlich.
Interesting to compare it even with the last piece of hers we posted here,
bare weeks ago.
I want to say Maltz has a natural feel for image, cut, sound
but I suspect it is actually worked for and worked for hard.
Good. No falling back, then, on glib facility but lots
more change, development and fascinating work to come.

Elodie Pong

11th October 2010 by doron
arts | collaboration | community | conceptual | documentary arts | event | identity | installation | movie | participatory | portraiture | serial

Secret 044 (2007, 10 MB, 4:27 min.)

Another secret.
See original post for details.

Shannon Noble – Newt

8th October 2010 by michael
arts | documentary odd | experimental | landscape | nature | place | portraiture | strange | video | vlog

Newt (2010?, 47MB, 1:48 min)

We haven’t had anything from Shannon Noble for a long time.
He’s quite elusive. His blog springs up, then disappears, then appears
again under a different name. Currently most of his stuff just seems to
be sitting, unlinked, in a folder on his site.
His work is always interesting (in the strong sense that one can
always learn from it) and hardly ever showy. Maybe his lack of need to show off
or jump up and down saying look at me, even when he’d be justified in so doing
is tied in with his apparent reluctance to promote his work.
Don’t get me wrong -I approve of the former -it makes the viewer do some work and there
are rewards to be had here for doing that work.
Here’s the first of two pieces, a bit like Robert Croma’s piece earlier this week,
not at all in mood or content but simply in being by someone who clearly knows
exactly what they are doing.
The use of sound is both deeply eccentric and wonderful.
More next week.

Suzon Fuks – RINGS from #1 to #6

7th October 2010 by doron
arts | audio | collaboration | community | dance | documentary arts | experimental | performance | serial | video

RINGS from #1 to #6 (2009, 24 MB, 6:35 min.)

An ongoing series (now numbering six) of one-minute unedited shots which
can each stands alone. Improvised choreography multi-reprojected on body parts,
with James Cunningham, Helen Varley Jamieson, Scotia Monkivitch and Suzon Fuks.
Text by Fernand Shirren.

narrative essay writing

By Suzon Fuks.

Edward Picot – Combine Harvester

6th October 2010 by michael
arts | documentary odd | landscape | nature | observational | place | poetry | technology | video

la descente
Combine Harvester (2010, 68MB, 2:23 min)

A eclogue of sorts from Edward Picot; somewhat noisy, somewhat dusty
but evocative of the real British countryside and a little bit thrilling too.

Elodie Pong

5th October 2010 by doron
arts | collaboration | community | conceptual | documentary arts | identity | installation | movie | participatory | serial | video

Secret 040 (2006, 3 MB, 1:16 min.)

Secret from “Secrets For Sale”, a film which reveals the radical
ADN/ARN experience, an interactive installation addressed to one
person at the time, in which each visitor was invited to confide and
then contractually sell a personal secret.
Project by Elodie Pong.

Robert Croma – La Descente

4th October 2010 by michael
documentary | experimental | landscape | observational | place | poetry | portraiture | video

la descente
La Descente (2010, 96MB, 8:21 min)

It’s always great to have a new piece from Robert Croma -
recently this has been an all too rare event.
Great to report that his first in a year is as good as it is.
I know that the people-going-down-steps/up-or-down-escalators/though-doors movies
have come to constitute almost a micro-genre, but this is an exceptionally
meticulous and rich example.
In particular what makes it for me is the decision (wherever – camera, edit – in the workflow
it happened) to leave in the faces who gaze boldly back at the camera.

A lot of Croma’s work employs subtly deployed but thorough post-production
to heighten and poeticize further his material. Here it’s rather his visual acuity
and the years of experience accumulated both in still and moving image which leads
to this simple but devastating handling of his original footage.
Similarly his use of sound is unobtrusive but exceedingly well judged.

I hope it’s not a year to the next one.