Emily Murdoch – Before Honeymoon

6th June 2011 by michael
animation | arts | identity | memoir | narrative | poetry | video

Before Honeymoon
Before Honeymoon (2011, 29MB, 1:39 min)

Another piece from a Writtle student, this from Emily Murdoch.
I think this is tremendous not only technically (I especially love the use of light)
but aesthetically too. It clearly owes a debt to Lewis Klahr but one can
see a very distinctive individual voice emerging too.
I do hope Emily continues to make art (and in particular moving image).
I find her work rich and moving.

Steven Hoskins – 15 Years

23rd May 2011 by doron
arts | conceptual | documentary | documentary odd | experimental | identity | performance | portraiture | process/systems | remix/mashup | technology | video

15 Years (2011, 60 MB, 3:08 min)

Reverse aging transformation of a 15 year self-portrait sequence
of Dan Hanna, forming the basis for the movie “StartStop” (2009).
Edited in HD. Used is 32 channel split screen asynchrony to create the illusion of flow.
By Steven Hoskins.

Heath Bunting – Memorial Stone

20th May 2011 by doron
activism | arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | experimental | identity | nature | new media art | observational | participatory | politics | portraiture | video

Memorial Stone (2011, 92 MB, 38:31 min)

“As technology moves forward.. all my work is falling apart.. I’d like to move
forward as well, into a more outside adventurous practice, so this video is an
attempt to document the ruins and the remains of my internet work”
– by Heath Bunting

Estella Cumberford – Friendsource14

19th May 2011 by michael
animation | arts | audio | community | conceptual | experimental | identity | network | new media art | photography | process/systems

Friendsource14 (2011, 21MB, 1:18 min)

This piece, by Estella Cumberford, is great on a whole number of fronts.
Firstly it’s really nicely made.
The images walk that difficult line between
telling us too much and too little, and the audio
(processed, apparently, in GarageBand) is well judged,
well executed and more than a little engaging.
You wouldn’t guess from the piece’s surface simplicity
(first impressions only of course, anyway. Examine it closely
and see how hand-made and un-algorithmic it is)
the layers of structuring and processing that went into
it but I can’t help feeling these do manifest in the sense of
its coherence, richness and general success as a work of art.
The text was sourced & assembled from status updates on F******* of
14 of the artist’s friends. This then read by her & processed as noted.
The images were then grown (organic metaphors seem somehow
particularly apposite) out of this text and rendered by a kind of
shadow screen technique.
It’s an exquisite piece of work.
Transparency dictates I tell you that I teach Estella
at Writtle. (I use the word teach loosely -as with most of
the students we have an absorbing and on-going dialogue.)
It’s work like this that makes that part of my life so rewarding.

William Wegman & Steve Martin

9th May 2011 by michael
arts | community | documentary arts | humor | identity | performance | satire | serial | tv

William Wegman & Steve Martin
Martin on Wegman (1999, 3.75MB, 2:09 min.)

The introduction to the identity program from the PBS series
Art in the 21st Century in which host Steve Martin is featured
in this charming and quirky video by the artist William Wegman.

Eleanor Suess –Arlene

8th April 2011 by michael
arts | experimental | film | identity | observational | performance | portraiture

Arlene (1994, 19MB, 54 secs)

Beautiful and delicate, yet somehow tough, bit of
performative portraiture from 1994 by Eleanor Suess.
I really like the fact her work doesn’t scream look-
but when one does look
carefully, there is art enough to engage,
reward and move.

PIRATE – Annika Larsson

17th March 2011 by doron
arts | cinema | conceptual | film | identity | observational | video

PIRATE (2006, 45 MB, 8:25 min)

By Annika Larsson.
Music by Tobias Bernstrup & Annika Larsson.

Ran Slavin – Everything Is Urgent

1st March 2011 by doron
arts | collaboration | conceptual | documentary arts | identity | installation | participatory | video

Everything Is Urgent (2008, 4 MB, 42 sec (Excerpt)

Ran Slavin
confronts the human figure in conjunction with the annoying barking of a dog. 4 figures, 2 young men and women, stand in front of an unknown audience, in front of a void and bark ferociously.
Driven away from systematic and social norms, the human barking figures attack us from within the digital domain, outward.
They present an uncompromising hybrid human, a cross between man and animal. Do they try to warn us, scare us like an omen or blame us? We see a human but hear an animal. Like a shout of desperation of a person who can no longer use his voice.

2008, 4:12 min. Single or 4 channel installation

Joseph Beuys – Soziale Plastik

22nd February 2011 by doron
archive | arts | conceptual | documentary arts | identity | participatory | portraiture | silent | trailer | video

Soziale Plastik (1969, 9 MB, 1:47 min)

Joseph Beuys accepts the challenge to expose himself to the anonymous spectator,
in speechless close-up on a video monitor: the artist as

Film by Samuel Beckett with Buster Keaton

11th February 2011 by doron
archive | arts | cinema | collaboration | conceptual | film | historical | identity | narrative | observational | portraiture | silent

Film (1965, 68 MB, 17:28 min)

Samuel Beckett‘s only venture into the medium of cinema, Film was written
in 1963 and filmed in New York in the summer of 1964, directed by
Alan Schneider and featuring Buster Keaton. For the shooting Mr.
Beckett made his only trip to America. The film, which has no dialogue,
takes its basis Berkeley’s notion esse est percepti that is, to be is to be perceived.