October 2009


Archive for October, 2009

Sebastian Hernandez – DIY or Die #2 – Ladyfest

30th October 2009 by michael
activism | community | documentary | interview | music | observational | portraiture | video

Ladyfest (2009, 46 MB, 4:39 min)

Second in Sebastian Hernandez’ neat documentary series on DIY/alternative lifestyles.
I like the genuine respect & empathy Hernandez shows for his subjects, which doesn’t,
however, preclude honest & three dimensional film-making.
Once again Hernandez’ technical skills are evident (But not in a look at me! kind of way)
In particular I love the jumpy camera work/edit in the second interview, which manages to be
aesthetically pleasing without detracting from the actual substance of the interview – indeed
it adds to it.
Looking forward very much to seeing the third!

‘New Me’ by Aleksandra Domanovic

29th October 2009 by doron
arts | conceptual | experimental | music video | remix/mashup

New Me (2006, 21 MB, 4:04 min.)

Music video for Jamie Lidell by Aleksandra Domanovic.

Dom Cheverti – Throwing Chamberlains

28th October 2009 by michael
arts | ball games | conceptual | cooking | documentary odd | exhibition | gaming | humor | performance | satire | strange | video

Bowl (2009, 2 MB, 1:52 min)

Bowl/Glass (2009, 2 MB, 1:01 min)

Bowl/Flower/Vase (2009, 3 MB, 57 secs)

little river
Little River (2009, 2 MB, 1:00 min)

Recommended to us by the sublime Sam Renseiw who,
when he speaks, we listen.
Nonetheless I had some difficulties in coming to grips with this.
Sam tells me it relates to some current You Tube thing whereby people
throw ping-pong balls into various receptacles with a high degree of accuracy.

Clearly I should stay in more.

So…in this case the balls are substituted by a species of cookie, apparently
known in Denmark as ‘chamberlains’.
(I asked Sam exactly what a chamberlain was.
He says:
“Chamberlains is an odd translation of ‘kammerjunker’ that
can both be a chamberlain and danish cookie/biscuit.
It is usually consumed in summer with “koldsk

The Yes Men Fix The World

27th October 2009 by doron
activism | arts | cinema | community | conceptual | controversy | humor | new media art | observational | participatory | politics | satire | strange | trailer

The Yes Men Fix The World (2009, 37 MB, 2:30 min)

Coming to theaters in October, The Yes MenFix The World.
They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives
of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits,
the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their
corporate targets in ever more extreme ways – basically doing everything
that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.

More vids here and here.


26th October 2009 by michael
audio | conceptual | performance | portraiture | video

Kissin’ (2009, 29 MB, 2:11 min)

Doing what it says on the tin (unless you were anticipating a Russian concert pianist),
a vid both charming & solidly made from Shawn Kornhauser & Nick Sullivan
which somehow transcends its premise –“A Video About Being Young” ,
which it clearly is, but it feels like they’ve captured more &
this has something to do with the subtle, but nonetheless
crucial, use of sound which really opens the whole thing out.

Gas Zappers by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung

23rd October 2009 by doron
activism | animation | arts | audio | community | experimental | gaming | new media art | observational | politics | portraiture | remix/mashup | satire | serial | video

Gas Zappers (2007, 61 MB, 5:45 min)

Zimoun – Organic and Mechanical installations

22nd October 2009 by doron
arts | audio | conceptual | documentary arts | experimental | installation | new media art | technology

Woodworms I (2009, 8 MB, 26 sec.)

Wind & Styrofoam I (2009, 10 MB, 29 sec.)

A couple of installations by Swiss artist Zimoun.
Woodworms I is a sound installation based on live sounds
of woodworms. In Wind & Styrofoam I, 5 stations generate
unpredictable movements of Styrofoam balls.

Sebastian Hernandez –Truth or Consequences

21st October 2009 by michael
activism | community | controversy | documentary | interview | politics | technology | video

Truth or Consequences (2009, 90 MB, 10:03 min)

Very nicely made and engaging documentary, first of three,
all of which we hope to feature here, by Sebastian Hernandez,
amply fulfilling earlier promise.
Technically this work is even more assured.
I have to say personally I preferred the politics of his earlier work.
(Not that I assume Hernandez views are necessarily to be identified with
those of his subjects, so, to put it better, I preferred the folks
in the earlier movies)

There’s more context here.

‘Plane Days’ by Benjamin Kracun & Ewan McNicol

20th October 2009 by doron
arts | community | conceptual | documentary | narrative | observational | trailer | video

Plane Days (Excerpt, 2009, 6 MB, 1:22 min)

“Old friends. Young friends. Lovers and loners.
They all wait, hoping, to see something they

Regina C

19th October 2009 by michael
arts | community | documentary | observational | place | video

Video Cat (2009, 11 MB, 1:34 min)

Aguas De Maio (2009, 9 MB, 1:19 min)

Two videos from earlier this year by Regina C