February 2011


Archive for February, 2011

Martha Deed – Snow Haiku

14th February 2011 by michael
arts | landscape | nature | observational | place | poetry | video

snow haiku
Snow Haiku (2011, 28MB, 1:22 min, silent)

Oh this is beautiful!
Martha Deed‘s work is unique, beholden to no-one;
lyrical and tough at the same time.
It’s the work of someone who has seen a great deal of life,
of sadness and wickedness both and yet who still dares to
hope and to dream and to find that life wonderful.

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.

Morrisa Maltz – Device Activated

10th February 2011 by michael
arts | experimental | narrative | new media art | performance | video

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Device Activated (2011, 10MB, 1:54 min)

And after Tuesday’s ad here’s another piece of personal work
from Morrisa Maltz and it’s simply glorious.
I’m tempted to say it feels like restoration comedy on some
sort of mind-altering compound but it’s much, much weirder,
more beautiful & haunting than that.

Keep ’em coming Morrisa!
We’ll show them as long as you let us!

KMA – ‘Flock’ in Liverpool

9th February 2011 by michael
arts | collaboration | community | conceptual | dance | documentary arts | event | experimental | installation | light | music | new media art | participatory | performance | place | technology | video

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‘Flock’ in Liverpool (2008, 152MB, 2:44 min)

How many times do you read artists’ descriptions of their own work
and think ‘naaaaa…’ totally failing to recognise their stated ambitions
in what appears to you to be, at best, somewhat pedestrian and at
worst, a total disconnect from what they write.
This is the complete opposite of that, utterly living up to the makers’
stated intentions, and an absolute spine tingler to watch even through
the distance of video documentation.
Check out the KMA site for a complete description of the piece,
an ‘interactive light installation’ based around Swan Lake,
but not until you’ve watched this beautiful bit of documentary.
Particularly touching is the genuine joy in participation it evokes.

Very hard to pull off and very moving to see.

Morrisa Maltz – MoFone commercial

8th February 2011 by michael
advertising | arts | commerce | conceptual | design | humor | mobile device | strange | video

MoFone commercial (2011, 8MB, 1:31 min)

First of two pieces this week from the very talented Morrisa Maltz,
this one is a commercial for some kind of art-phone venture she seems
to be involved in.
Whilst I might pass on the product, I’m stuck dumb by the glorious
verve and insouciance of the ad.
It’s interesting – her personal work is very identifiable ( in a good way, I
hasten to add, and, as you’ll see later this week it moves onwards).
This is utterly different but also a really really neat bit of film-making,
suggesting deep reserves of skill and smarts as well as vision.

Omer Fast – The Casting

7th February 2011 by doron
activism | arts | audio | community | documentary arts | exhibition | installation | interview | new media art | observational | participatory | politics | portraiture | video

Omer Fast – The Casting (2008, 38 MB, 3:29 min)

Omer Fast, discusses his 2008 Whitney Biennial work, The Casting (2007),
a four-channel video featuring a young American army sergeant who recounts
two stories

Henrik Capetillo: Moments – Illusions

4th February 2011 by michael
arts | conceptual | drawing | experimental | video

moments, illusions
Moments-Illusions (2003, 44MB, 8:35 min)
Recommended to us by the estimable Sam Renseiw here’s work
by his fellow Copenhagen based artist Henrik Capetillo.
I’m assuming that since at one point this file flashes up
“PREVIEW VERSION” the actual piece is considerably higher res.
I’d love to see that version because what we get from this is
a bit of a tease – I think for this kind of digital drawing intervention
into real world footage to really work everything has to be nice and
crisp and seamless ( Rick Silva, for example, is a master at this). That said, it’s
still a haunting bit of work which lingers in the memory and makes one want more.

Studio Banana TV Interviews Shirin Neshat

3rd February 2011 by doron
activism | arts | interview | politics

Interview with Shirin Neshat (2010, 123 MB, 3:54 min)

Studio Banana TV interviews video artist, moviemaker
and photographer Shirin Neshat.

Bernhard Lang – I Hate Mozart

2nd February 2011 by michael
arts | event | experimental | humor | music | opera | performance | theatre | video

I Hate Mozart [excerpt] (2006, 11MB, 4:03 min)

Excerpt from the 2006 production of Bernhard Lang’s opera
I Hate Mozart written for the Viennese Mozart Year festivities
of that year.
It’s interesting in a number of ways. Lang’s musical language is based upon the
loop, but loops treated within a fairly hardcore art music environment.
Sounds like a recipe for pretension or disaster. Strangely it’s neither,
but most compelling.
Secondly, the piece is that rare beast, too often promised and so rarely
delivered, a genuinely comic opera and all the more impressive for being
cast in an apparently recalcitrant & unforgiving musical language
for such a purpose.
Hats off, Mr Lang, hats off.

Omer Golan – Religion

1st February 2011 by doron
abstract | arts | audio | collaboration | experimental | new media art | process/systems | remix/mashup | technology | video

Religion (2010, 8 MB, 1:28 min.)

“‘Religion’ is based on a language text corpus containing about 140,000 words.
With Cycling74’s Max/Msp/Jitter, I created a virtual canvas for my video that is
covered with random text from the corpus. Then used this canvas to mask a clip
of animation that I’ve prepared for that purpose, allowing only text to appear where
pixels in the original animation were moving. My goal was to give the entire clip
random text textures that are aesthetic, recognizable and unreadable.”
By Omer Golan. Sound collage: Itamar Kav Tal.