June 2010


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Morrisa Maltz – First Class

30th June 2010 by michael
arts | experimental | music video | performance

whats ahead
First Class (2010, 127 MB, 3:40 min)

And First Class it is too -we’ve enthused about Morrisa Maltz here quite
recently & her first music vid (for Everybody Else) doesn’t disappoint.
It’s stylish without being glib, chock full of ideas but nicely unified by
a visual language those who’ve seen her work before will instantly recognise.
My only cavil (which I already expressed to her) is the degree of
objectification at work here in the portrayal of women,
(you know…the boys play & the girls kind of dance around
or pose, looking nice &c &c) which I find a tad depressing coming from
a clearly enormously talented & capable woman artist.
More than well made though & I look forward to whatever comes next.

Eddie Whelan – whats ahead

29th June 2010 by michael
arts | experimental | glitch/datamoshing | music video

whats ahead
whats ahead (2010, 53 MB, 2:35 min)

Whilst many predicted that datamoshing would quickly become a
tired & routine Cliché who’d ever have thought someone might rather
classicize it: make of it something measured, understated, controlled
& with it yield such delicate & rarefied loveliness as does Eddie Whelan
in this music vid for The Meanest Boys.
Simply great.

Rupert Howe – The Wicker Man Remade

28th June 2010 by michael
advertising | arts | cellphone | conceptual | documentary odd | experimental | humor | landscape | movie making | narrative | performance | technology | video | vlog

The Wicker Man (2010, 12 MB, 1:09 min)

wickerman live
The Wicker Man Live (2010, 7 MB, 3:31 min)

Rupert Howe is always doing interesting things.
He’s also an early adopter of the sort of tech that in-my-old-age I
would cautiously leave a few months to see how it turns
out, so many of the interesting things he does mystify me
somewhat at first.
SO.. here he seems to have got given (?) lots of extras
(in what universe does this occur?) to remake a section of
cult British horror film The Wicker Man on Hampstead Heath.
The results are jaw dropping in two ways.
Jaw droppingly charmingly-funny.
And jaw droppingly odd.
Most of his work is essentially some combination of these
two axes. ( Plus serious skills)
As an added bonus there a kind of Making-Of-The-Wicker-Man-Remake
which apparently was originally streamed live from his mobile.
I didn’t even know you could do that.
If anything the ‘making-of’ piece surpasses the substantive one on the
Howe strangeness scale. Even his friends & colleagues seem touched too
by a species of benign insanity.
Long may he flourish.

Brody Condon – Karma Physics < Elvis

25th June 2010 by doron
animation | arts | commerce | conceptual | gaming | installation | new media art | technology | video

DeResFX.Kill(KarmaPhysics < Elvis); (2004, 6.8 MB, 1:54 min.)

“A modification of the bloody science fiction first person
shooter computer game Unreal 2003.”
By Brody Condon.

Superman Returns & Brando too

24th June 2010 by doron
animation | arts | community | documentary odd | film | historical | movie making | portraiture | remix/mashup | strange | technology | viral

Jor El (1978-2006, 38MB, 3:29 min.)

Marlon Brando, the CG character, rather spookily reappears as
Jor-El in Superman Returns.
From Rhythm & Hues studios.

Gazira Babeli – Save Your Skin

23rd June 2010 by doron
activism | animation | arts | community | new media art | politics | second life | silent

Save Your Skin (2007, 4 MB, 1:03 min)

Save Your Skin – stolen skins, scripted environment,
where the skins of avatars are being put on display.
A Second Life performance by Gazira Babeli.

bad l.a. pool water – Antonio Mendoza

22nd June 2010 by doron
animation | arts | collaboration | music video | new media art | remix/mashup | video | vj

bad l.a. pool water (2010, 31MB, 4:14 min.)

Antonio Mendoza remix triptych.tv. Music by ‘no johnny’.

order furosemide 10mg

Scanner et al. – Night Jam

21st June 2010 by michael
architecture | arts | community | education | music video | place | video

NightJam (2006, 26MB, 11:28 min.)

An Artangel commissioned project from 2006 involving
sound artist Scanner working with clients of London’s
New Horizons Youth Centre, devoted to work with homeless youth.
The musical collaborators are MC Utta, MC Marcel,
MC Quick Latino, MC Magic and MC Sweetie.

Undoubtedly evocative, if a tad derivative, especially
considering the resources at play here.
The multilingual MCing is great though!

Sun Capture – Julianne Swartz

18th June 2010 by doron
arts | documentary | experimental | installation | landscape | nature | observational | silent | video

Sun Capture (1999, 9.6 MB, 1:23 min.)

Transferring the reflection of a natural occurrence (the movement of the sun)
from outdoors to indoors, Brooklyn-based artist Julianne Swartz creates
her site-specific installation “Sun Capture” with existing architecture, metal pole,
mirror, sun, and wind.

Moljevic aka Albert Nanning

17th June 2010 by michael
abstract | animation | arts | music video | vj

What is this
What Is This? (2006, 20.8MB, 2:31 min.)

Deft & attractive travelogue/visual poem/puzzle taking
us on a dream tour of Moljevic’s native Amsterdam.
More on his YouTube channel, and website