Lior Shvil – In Whatever Time

1st November 2013 by doron
advertising | arts | bliss | community | conceptual | documentary arts | humor | participatory | politics

In Whatever Time (2010, 290MB, 15 min.)

“…Occupying a space somewhere between storytelling and spectacle, TV shows and
advertisements, the video and sculpture installations of such invented personas as
Cherry Bomb Fluffy White and Charley OnOff address the fragmented
representations of politics and gender, autobiography and history in contemporary
society. Embracing the roles of director, actor, narrator, editor, and set designer,
his experiments in epic theatrical production explore the comic territory of the jester
as he flirts with cultural stereotypes and satirizes political ideologies.”
Lior Shvil.

Jon Rafman – Ad-Vice for a Prophet

17th October 2012 by michael
advertising | experimental | narrative | remix/mashup | tv | video

Ad-Vice for a Prophet (2005, 78.6MB, 6:59 min)

I wrote the text below in, I think, 2008.
[In case you didn’t notice we’re intermittently re-posting stuff previously
posted on weekends in line with our 5 day a week current policy
– it also takes a bit of the pressure off which, two old guys,
we feel, we feel].
Since then Rafman has gone on to achieve a measure of well deserved
celebrity, showing at the Saatchi Gallery in London amongst other
prestigious venues, especially with his
9 eyes of google street view
I notice the piece we feature here no longer appears on his CV or website.
A shame – it has many merits – not least of which is an embryonic
version of the sensibility which underpins his more current work
although I entirely understand why artists occasionally attempt
to take a broom to old work.

Great piece by Jon Rafman.
I love the refusal to commit to a tone, the playfulness & humor, the wistfulness &
sometimes the vaguest air of menace too.
There’s a curious feel. An air of detachment, as if nothing can be said
directly but that everything is mediated & distanced by the act of editing
and presenting, serving up, (as with the ads).
The whole thing feels haunted by movie history.
I’m curious to know whether this is all found footage, whether some of it is
original or what.

Anyway, tremendous. Lots of other interesting
work on his site.

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.

One Step Ahead

1st May 2012 by brittany
advertising | animation | commerce | conceptual | video

One Step Ahead – Stefan Nadelman (2004, 9MB, 4:07)

Stefan Nadelman is Tourist Pictures, and since I like
his older stuff just as much (or more than) the new,
I’m posting this Nike-commissioned piece from a few years ago.

Nathaniel Stern & Scott Kildall – Tweets in Space

30th April 2012 by michael
advertising | arts | community | conceptual | exhibition | experimental | happening | installation | new media art | performance | science | strange | technology | video

Tweets in Space
Tweets in Space (2012, 52MB, 2:27 min)

Scott Kildall and Nathaniel Stern of Wikipedia Art return with another
project both odd, lyrical and utopian.
“Tweets in Space” will beam Twitter discussions from participants worldwide
towards GJ667Cc: a planet 22 light years away that apparently might support
earth-like life.
Anyone can take part, simply by adding #tweetsinspace to their tweets during
two performance times in September, when Stern and Kildall will be doing live
projections at the International Symposium on Electronic Art in New Mexico,
and boldly tweeting where none have tweeted before.

They say:
“This differs from every past alien transmission in that it is not only
a public performance, but also performs a public: it is a real-time
conversation between hopeful peers sending their thoughts to everywhere
and nowhere.
Our soon-to-be alien friends will receive unmediated thoughts and responses
about politics, philosophy, pop culture, dinner, dancing cats and everything
in between.
By engaging the millions of voices in the Twitterverse and dispatching them
into the larger Universe, “Tweets in Space” activates a potent discussion
about communication and life that traverses beyond our borders or understanding.
It promises more than could ever be delivered.”

This is their fundraising video – please consider making a donation to make the
project happen and also publicise and share it on lists, facebook, twitter, etc.

Andrew Norman Wilson #5

30th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | serial | strange | video

The Incorporation of Demands for Liberation(2011, 13MB, 3:24 min)

Last piece from ANW, for the moment, although we
certainly hope to feature more in the future –
some of the most original and exciting work I’ve seen recently.

For some context see Monday’s post.

Andrew Norman Wilson #4

29th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | new media art | performance | politics | satire | serial | strange | technology | video

Flow Spot Test #6 (2011, 18MB, 3:34 min)

“Just downloading apps at my Blanc Laptop Cart when all
of a sudden BenJi, an old teammate from XpresSpa shows up.
He happens to be subcontracted now by the American Airlines
subsidiary AffinityAlliance as an evaluator of potential for their
Oneworld Alliance codeshare lounges (of which FlowSpot is the
newest member).”

See Monday and Tuesday’s posts.

Andrew Norman Wilson #3

28th September 2011 by michael
advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | serial | strange | technology | video

Network Research (2011, 75MB, 2:11 min)

See Monday’s post.

Andrew Norman Wilson #2

27th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | serial | strange | technology | video

Flow Spot Test #5 (2011, 57MB, 2:03 min)

“Just having my early afternoon session of Body-Work with
Nnah, my Body-Designer.”

Says ANW, of the FlowSpot Tests:

For a large-scale exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
I created a color coordinated airport/hotel/mall/bank/spa/biennial lounge to
offer a site of relaxation and bodily engagement in an exhibition dominated
by isolated, sellable art objects.
All lounge products were purchased through online transactions (mostly
Target and Walmart), and were returned at the end of the exhibition.
My dystopic science fiction news video Global Countdown played on
a 55” flat panel monitor.
On opening night, visitors to FlowSpot could register for massages from
licensed massage therapists. While participants received massages they
could not see anything and listened to my directors commentary of the
Global Countdown video. The commentary consists of very basic visual
descriptions, with the goal being that the person receiving the massage
can visualize the video in their minds.
Throughout the duration of the exhibition, I used the lounge as a science
fiction video set to make “FlowSpot Tests.” In these videos I engaged
with the lounge both conceptually and materially in a color coordinated
Contact me if you are interested in opening a FlowSpot in your airport,
hotel, mall, bank, spa, biennial, gallery, cultural center, or any other
space that you own/lease/use.

See also.

Andrew Norman Wilson – Webinars & FlowSpot Tests

26th September 2011 by michael
activism | advertising | arts | bliss | collaboration | commerce | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | new media art | performance | politics | remix/mashup | satire | serial | strange | technology | video

Anxiety About Relationships Between Friendship and Business (2011, 11MB, 2:41 min)

I’m so taken with Andrew Norman Wilson’s work I’m going to devote
the whole first week of this DVblog season to it.

He initially sent us a longish piece, Networking with Andrew Norman Wilson
made with Nicholas O’Brien of Bad At Sports.
It’s wonderful but pretty huge so you should definitely go and
look at the Vimeo version there.

On Monday, Weds and Friday of this week we’ll post smaller
pieces extracted from that (but without the commentary or
‘interview’ as it is styled elsewhere [-the text on the BAS page linked above]) ,
On Tuesday and Thursday we’ll post two of Wilson’s FlowSpot Tests
with some accompanying explanation from him.

I find this work in general very exciting because it does a lot
of interesting, nuanced and often rather funny (and I’m in favour of funny
there are very few great works of art which contain no funny at all)
and intially apparently contradictory things.

Let me give you my take on it.
The Webinars are all composed entirely of footage sourced from Pond5
“the worlds stock media marketplace” . The FlowSpot Tests are performative
pieces involving bizarre consumer items sourced from e-bay and wallmart and
deployed in a 21st Century updating of silent movie Lloyd-Keaton-Chaplin
deadpan involving, too, a certain degree of slapstick
and displaying a deliciously calibrated sense of the ridiculous.
The Webinars (a least when one takes account of their titles and certainly viewed
in the light of the commentary from “networking”) are a kind of consumerist
The intent is celarly in some sense satirical but the pieces take risks in
that they don’t stop and end in critique – there is an understanding of
how toxically compelling some of this imagery is and to some extent they
toy with celebrating this.
Wilson is clearly a natural movie maker. He doesn’t restrain himself from
visual flourishes and jokes which are by no means integral to any
satirical case but make the pieces more fun to watch.
(The distortion effects applied to objects in the periphery of the
action in FlowSpot Test #5 are a case in point.)
Additionally, and most impressively, there is a muddying of the
waters in Networking… (and by implication the
Webinars and FlowSpot Tests) whereby
cogent and apparently straightforward philosophising is allowed
to cross pollinate/contaminate with the satire and vice versa,
leaving the viewer with -ahem- work to do.
This work is not glib; it takes risks – in order to maintain its
high level potency it risks misunderstanding.

A look at Wilson’s CV shows a spell spent working for a
labour union and I read the impulse behind these pieces
as radically anti-commodification and corporate mind rot.
Agit-prop, thankfully, it’s not, but “something rich and strange”
– radical art for interesting times to come.
Nice to see this when so many younger artists seem to be
tempted by a career orientated and somewhat cynical celebration
of that same deadend emptiness.