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The One That Got Away – Marisa Olson

27th September 2012 by doron
activism | arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | new media art | participatory | performance | satire | tv | video

The One That Got Away (2005, 19MB, 9:02 min.)

In the Fall of 2004,Marisa Olson gained worldwide attention
while training to audition for American Idol

Mad King Thomas/Kevin Obsatz – Eat up, Little Pearl – trailer

26th September 2012 by michael
activism | arts | bliss | collaboration | dance | documentary arts | documentary odd | experimental | landscape | performance | video

eat up little pearl - trailer
Eat up, Little Pearl – trailer (2012, 42MB, 3:26min)

Absolutely wonderful promotional/performance video from US performance/dance
outfit Mad King Thomas (whom I know little about but would love to see),
the vid directed, apparently, by Kevin Obsatz who was behind the
video haikus we posted in July.
Video…&..er…troupe…all great, great.

The Framing of Luaty Beirão

20th July 2012 by michael
activism | documentary | documentary arts | music video | narrative | politics | video

History of the Demonstrations
History of the Demonstrations (2012, 211MB, 15:53 min)

Cuka (2011, 35MB, 4:11 min)

A Statement by Luaty Beirão (2012, 34MB, 7:05 min)

Three connected movies, which connect in a very direct way with the world about us.
For the last couple of years, simultaneously with the ‘Arab spring’ there have been
a number of similar movements around the world where ordinary folk have stood up for
the right to free speech and the right to a decent life, mostly both.
This happened on a small scale in the Southern African country of Angola where the inheritors
of the magnificent struggle against imperialism in the 70s seem to have forgotten their roots,
perhaps lulled by power and the good life it can bring to a few. A small but dogged and effective
campaign for democracy and against corruption, poverty and police state begaviour sprang up amongst
young people there.
The first video is a documentary relating the beginning, growth of this movement and subsequent
attempted government repression.
( You can find some more info , from Human Rights Watch, here)
Our second video is a track by the Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão, better known as Ikonoklasta
which is a tremendously entertaining bit of agit-prop against the regime.
It clearly struck home because the Angolan security forces have attempted to frame Beirão by
secreting a substantial amount of cocaine in a bicycle wheel in his possession on a flight
from Angola to Portugal.
The third video is Luaty Beirão’s statement upon and account of these events.
Watch the videos and draw you own conclusions – I do not for a moment believe Beirão is guilty
of anything except bravery and standing up to oppression.

We’ll leave you with these videos for the summer a reminder there’s art and there’s life and there’s
not a lot of space between.

We’re going to take a break until mid September-ish when we’ll be back with mostly
art videos but anything else that amuses, inspires or outrages us.
If you have stuff you think we’d like, send us links – we look at everything we’re sent.
It remains only to wish you all a nice and relaxing summer if you can manage it.

Michael C. Place – MyStyle correction rollers

16th July 2012 by doron
advertising | arts | commerce | community | design | documentary arts | video

MyStyle (2008, 73MB, 3:40 min.)

Michael C. Place promotes “MyStyle” for Pritt in France in 2008.
Michael is founder of BUILD.

Video Haiku: Four Frame Dance Project

12th July 2012 by brittany
arts | conceptual | dance | documentary arts | performance | video

Video Haiku – Four Frame Dance Project: Megan Mayer (2008, 22.4MB, 3:38)

Second in a series of four frame dance videos from
Video Haiku in 2008.
Lovely, inspiring, and fun.
Next week, some more recent work by Kevin Obsatz, the person behind this.

Béla Halmos

26th June 2012 by michael
arts | community | dance | documentary arts | event | music | music video | participatory | performance | video

Béla Halmos – Legyenes (2010, 19MB, 4:10 min)

I just love this and I can’t completely rationalise it. Everything about it –
the fantastic playing of Béla Halmos and companion, the earnest intensity
of the dancers, the crowd’s glorious vocal participation (especially that very
Eastern European tight-throated high pitched rhythmic women’s singing) just makes me
weak at the knees with delight.
It was recorded at the 29th National Dance House festival in Budapest in 2010.

More from Duncan Speakman

11th June 2012 by brittany
arts | conceptual | documentary arts | ephemera | narrative | observational | vlog

The Delicate Museum – What Everyone Else Was Talking About (2006, 13MB, 1:21)

The Delicate Museum – A Suggestive Manifesto (2006, 9.7MB, 1:32)

Two more breaths of fresh air from 2006 and The Delicate Museum,
also known as Duncan, formerly of 29fragiledays.
Said before, I’ll say it again: such beauty in the small things.

Roel Wouters – zZz – Grip

6th June 2012 by doron
arts | community | documentary arts | event | exhibition | happening | installation | music video | performance | sports | video

Grip (2007, 101 MB, 4:13 min.)

Grip is a video clip for the band zZz.
It is a one take, top shot video with trampoline gymnasts simulating
video effects, and has been recorded live as part of the opening “Nederclips”,
a showcase of Dutch videoclips at the Stedelijk Museum.
The important criteria were that the audience at the opening would be able to
witness the whole shoot, and that the videoclip would be added to the exhibition
immediately after the shoot.
The project developed by Roel Wouters.

John Cage – 4:33

31st May 2012 by michael
arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | experimental | historical | performance | silent | tv | video

john cage
John Cage – 4:33 (2004, 47MB, 9:23 min)

Wonderful video of the BBC Symphony Orchestra under
Lawrence Foster giving a performance of John Cage’s
notorious/ provocative/seminal/epoch-making 4:33.

Pleix – No Animals Were Harmed

24th May 2012 by michael
arts | documentary arts | humor | video

Birds (2006, 15.5MB, 3:04 min)

Netlag (2006, 15.8MB, 4:23 min)

Early 24 carat weirdness & ethereal beauty respectively from the
French Pleix group.