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Impactist – Nebraska

17th May 2012 by brittany
arts | documentary arts | film | portraiture

Impactist – Nebraska – in single frames (2004, 16.9MB, 3:29)

The simplicity of this piece resonates with me.
A 2004 piece from the enormously talented Impactist duo,
Kelly Meador & Daniel Elwing.

Diana Brighouse – Floating Green Leaves

16th May 2012 by michael
abstract | animation | arts | experimental | nature | new media art | poetry | video

Floating Green Leaves
Floating Green Leaves (2012, 212MB, 3:52 min)

Diana Brighouse is a doctor turned artist in a grand tradition.
She’s currently completing an MA at the University of Chichester in the UK.
Her work is intensely thoughtful and thought through and also often very beautiful.
I’m not always keen on artist commentaries on their own work but what she sent
me is a model of clarity so I’ll reproduce it in full here.

‘The underlying stimulus for my work is to challenge the reductive philosophy
that prevails in Western society today.
I believe that reductionism is manifest through a prioritising of scientific
or quantitative methodology. An unquestioning belief in the measurable is
found not only in science and technology, but also in education, medicine
and politics.
I believe that the supremacy of the measurable can be directly related not
only to the political and financial threats to the arts, but also to the
regressive attitudes towards women and the disabled.
Successive postgraduate university educations in medicine, spirituality,
psychotherapy and art have repeatedly challenged the certainties I have
been taught.
My use of digital video (a quantitative binary process) to produce images
that I believe to be non-reductive reflects the paradoxes created by my
chosen professions.
There are multiple possible interpretations of the videos depending on
the background of the viewer. This is deliberate and hopefully supports
my non-reductive thesis.
These videos are part of a series investigating reflections; a second
series that I am also currently working on investigates shadows.
My intention is that this series will be more politically orientated.
My videos are taken in my garden and edited with Sony Vegas Platinum 11.0HD.’

We’ll have another of these beautiful works next week.

Psycho Bob – Bob’s Big Date

15th May 2012 by doron
community | ephemera | experimental | humor | narrative | satire | serial | strange | video | vlog

Bob’s Big Date (2008, 7 MB, 50 sec.)

“These are the adventures of a psychopath named Bob. Bob is not
a nice man; not even a little bit. This show is the video equivalent
of a Sunday comic strip.

Here Bob goes out on a date with Betty, perhaps the first woman
other than his mother to truly understand and appreciate him.”
From The AV Club.

Dr Hairy – Mentoring

14th May 2012 by michael
animation | community | education | exhibition | fiction | humor | puppetry | serial | video

Floating Green Leaves
Mentoring (2012, 255MB, 16:01 min)

Final one in the present series of Edward Picot’s Dr Hairy videos.
Great stuff, which we’ve enjoyed a great deal.
We eagerly anticipate series #2, perhaps we could suggest The Return of Dr Hairy,
Dr Hairy’s Repeat Prescription or The Beard is Back.
Glad to see he’ll be putting in an artworld appearance at
the new Furtherfield Gallery in Finsbury Park, London.
Not to be missed if you’re in the area during the run of the show (not only
because Dr H is great but also because Furtherfield haven’t put together
a remotely dull show yet).

Okie Dokie

11th May 2012 by michael
animation | arts | music video | performance | remix/mashup | video

Okie Dokie
Okie Dokie (2008, 46MB, 2:47 min)

Neat bit of videoing by Dave Hughes for Dan Deacon’s Okie Dokie.
Sparky & intelligent both (& nice use of Prelinger footage,
cheeky rather than earnest, makes a change)

ZDEN – Mindfuck

10th May 2012 by doron
arts | music video | remix/mashup | video | vj

Mindfuck and 2XT by ZDEN
mindfuck (2001, 30MB, 3:26 min)

Mindfuck, a semi-automatic city psychosis.
Made in 2001! by ZDEN.

Ant Farm – Media Burn

9th May 2012 by brittany
activism | archive | arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | happening | historical | installation | performance

Media Burn by Ant Farm (1975, 202MB, 25:46)

Infamous July 4, 1975 “pseudo-event” featuring a
speech by “JFK Jr.” and a 1959 Cadillac turned wacky
crash test car through a wall of burning television sets,
produced by video artists and activist collective Ant Farm.
The first four and a half minutes of this particular video
feature actual news coverage about the event.
The rest is the full speech and crash. Inspiration.
Video via the Media Burn archive.

José Carlos Casado – Agnus Dei

8th May 2012 by doron
animation | arts | documentary arts | satire

Agnus Dei
agnus dei.v06 (2006, 11.8MB, 2:53 min.)

José Carlos Casado – Agnus Dei.
OK, a species of satire, clearly,
but such dream-beautiful satire.

Khaled Hafez – <em>On Presidents and Superheroes</em>

7th May 2012 by michael
activism | animation | arts | audio | exhibition | historical | music video | new media art | painting | politics | video

On Presidents and Superheroes
On Presidents and Superheroes (2009, 7MB, 1:15 min)

Another piece from Manchester Cornerhouse’s excellent Subversion show.
This post is a collaboration with Furtherfield – they’re hosting ….

Brody Condon – Performance Modifications

4th May 2012 by doron
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | gaming | historical | narrative | performance | video

Death Animations (2007, 22 MB, 2:58 min.)

“‘Death Animations’ by Brody Condon.
Closely linked to his past process of modification of existing computer games,
as well as performative events with medieval re-enactment and fantasy live
action role playing subcultures, the work is a re-creation in medieval fantasy
costume of Bruce Nauman