May 2011


Archive for May, 2011

fast moving animals – mobile opera

31st May 2011 by doron
arts | cellphone | ephemera | experimental | video | vlog

mobile opera
mobile opera (2006, 7.1 MB, 48 sec.)

from – fast moving animals.
Music: Rossini: ‘La Danza’. Voice: Beniamino Gigili

Run Wrake – Rabbit

30th May 2011 by doron
animation | arts | satire

Rabbit (2006, 56MB, 8:20 min.)

Two kids find an idol in the belly of a rabbit.
Watch this wicked animated short movie by Run Wrake.
(thanks Michael Meiser)

Delpha Hudson – Out With Mother

27th May 2011 by michael
arts | experimental | new media art | video

Out With Mother (2011, 73MB, 1:32 min)

I’m oscillating between finding this piece by Delpha Hudson really rather
beautiful and rather chilling (or both).
It’s perhaps the ambguity which makes it so effective, difficult to get a
precise fix on.
There’s no doubting that it’s a smart piece of work. I love the dual tempo thing
with the scene in the background unfolding slowly behind the more anxious and
busier foreground.
I’m assuming the speech like sound *is* sampled from an actual child -again the ambiguity
arising from, on the one hand its near musicality and on the other the
inevitable and immediate visceral response (certainly from anyone who’s ever had kids)
it provokes is a point adding to the richness of the thing.
Great. More from Delpha soon.

Wikipedia Art in London

26th May 2011 by michael
arts | bliss | collaboration | community | conceptual | controversy | documentary | exhibition | experimental | installation | new media art | strange

Wikipedia Art Intro (2011, 114MB, 2:29 min)

And, appropriately following on from yesterday’s post, a little intro
to the splendid Kildall/Stern Wikipedia Art project which is showing, as part
of a two person show at London’s Furtherfield gallery (formerly HTTP)
from this Friday.
(One individual piece by each artist too – promises to be a real treat)

Private view tonight 6:30 (Thurs.) – all welcome, maybe see you there.

This piece narrated in Stern’s breathless-puppy-dog-with-an-off-the-dial-IQ
trademark delivery with reassuringly measured interventions by the
no less smart & talented Kildall.

Edit by Foster Stilp, plus suitably keyed up and excited music by Stilp and
Kevin McGillivray, who together trade as Felixsofia

Jimmy Wales – Wikipedia:Technologies of Cooperation

25th May 2011 by doron
activism | archive | collaboration | community | documentary | education | network | participatory | politics | technology | video

Wikipedia:Technologies of Cooperation (2005, 70 MB, 1:30 hr.)

Lecture at Stanford University on Wikipedia by founder Jimmy Wales.

Drake Music Commission – Distant Interiors

24th May 2011 by michael
arts | collaboration | conceptual | experimental | music | network | new media art | video

Distant Interiors (2011, 87MB, 2:16 min)

Drake Music is an organisation initiating and enabling a whole spectrum
of activity around disability and the arts (particularly music
but other artforms too).
This could be worthy, condescending and dull. It is none of these.
In recent years, under the inspired leadership of Carien Meijer,
DM has ensured it is situated primarily as a very forward looking
arts organisation which happens to work closely with disabled artists
to enable new and fresh work to emerge.
It has encouraged collaborations between disabled and non-disabled artists
and, in a sense, works towards its own future disappearance not only
by using technology to level the playing field but also by aspiring not
to pity or the sideshow but to serious, top level, work.

This is their first online commission, a remote collaboration between
video artist Melanie Clifford, composer Ailís Ní Ríain and artist Rebecca Key.

I like the fact that it is so confident in its austere and beautiful
language and aims, not to charm us, but to engage us.
The spiky and beautiful music is particularly exhilarating.

Steven Hoskins – 15 Years

23rd May 2011 by doron
arts | conceptual | documentary | documentary odd | experimental | identity | performance | portraiture | process/systems | remix/mashup | technology | video

15 Years (2011, 60 MB, 3:08 min)

Reverse aging transformation of a 15 year self-portrait sequence
of Dan Hanna, forming the basis for the movie “StartStop” (2009).
Edited in HD. Used is 32 channel split screen asynchrony to create the illusion of flow.
By Steven Hoskins.

Heath Bunting – Memorial Stone

20th May 2011 by doron
activism | arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | experimental | identity | nature | new media art | observational | participatory | politics | portraiture | video

Memorial Stone (2011, 92 MB, 38:31 min)

“As technology moves forward.. all my work is falling apart.. I’d like to move
forward as well, into a more outside adventurous practice, so this video is an
attempt to document the ruins and the remains of my internet work”
– by Heath Bunting

Estella Cumberford – Friendsource14

19th May 2011 by michael
animation | arts | audio | community | conceptual | experimental | identity | network | new media art | photography | process/systems

Friendsource14 (2011, 21MB, 1:18 min)

This piece, by Estella Cumberford, is great on a whole number of fronts.
Firstly it’s really nicely made.
The images walk that difficult line between
telling us too much and too little, and the audio
(processed, apparently, in GarageBand) is well judged,
well executed and more than a little engaging.
You wouldn’t guess from the piece’s surface simplicity
(first impressions only of course, anyway. Examine it closely
and see how hand-made and un-algorithmic it is)
the layers of structuring and processing that went into
it but I can’t help feeling these do manifest in the sense of
its coherence, richness and general success as a work of art.
The text was sourced & assembled from status updates on F******* of
14 of the artist’s friends. This then read by her & processed as noted.
The images were then grown (organic metaphors seem somehow
particularly apposite) out of this text and rendered by a kind of
shadow screen technique.
It’s an exquisite piece of work.
Transparency dictates I tell you that I teach Estella
at Writtle. (I use the word teach loosely -as with most of
the students we have an absorbing and on-going dialogue.)
It’s work like this that makes that part of my life so rewarding.

James Seo – Asynchrony – Split (Head)

18th May 2011 by doron
arts | ephemera | experimental | movie making | new media art | portraiture | remix/mashup | serial | technology | video

Asynchrony – Split (Head) (2006, 11 MB, 2:14 min)

“My latest project is Asynchrony. It’s a set of four interactive sketches for the
simultaneous visualization of multiple points in time within video. When combined
with time-lapse or looped video clips, each sketch generates a crudely synthesized
image of different time points in video, all within the shared space of the visual frame.
They divide the video frame into static or animated rectangular regions,
each of which can have its own time flow.”
by James Jung-Hoon Seo.
from Split Screen.