July 2011


Archive for July, 2011

Joan Brossa – Fi

22nd July 2011 by michael
arts | conceptual | event | experimental | happening | historical | humor | live art | participatory | performance | theatre | tribute

Fi (2011, 51MB, 9:57 min)

Joan Brossa, the Catalan poet, artist, performer and polymath,
who died in 1998, deserves to be more widely
known in the rest of the world.
I’ve often thought his work, in particular the visual
poems, prefigured much of the art of the early days
of the net (but mostly better: terser, wittier, riskier –
I think Brossa would have loved the net).
This elegant & delightful performance ( ‘Fi’ is Catalan
for ‘End’, in this context The End) was recorded
in Barcelona eight months before his death.

It requires a little patience; the reward being that
it can be viewed many more than one time, so it
seems like an appropriate thing to leave you with
over the summer.
Remember we’re always delighted to look at new work,
so if you’re making moving image yourself,
or you happen across great stuff don’t hesitate
to send us links.

We’re back on Monday, September the 26th – in
the meantime we wish you all a happy and relaxing summer.

G.H. Hovagimyan – Boxing Rants

20th July 2011 by doron
arts | community | conceptual | documentary arts | humor | participatory | performance | serial

Boxing Rants (2011, 28 MB, 3:11 min)

Documentation of an interactive video performance by
G.H. Hovagimyan that took place at Postmasters Gallery in NY,
from a series of performances titled ‘Being and Event’.

Delpha Hudson – A Walk with Jane Austen

19th July 2011 by michael
arts | experimental | happening | historical | landscape | literature | live art | performance | place | portraiture | video

A Walk with Jane Austen (1999, 144MB, 12:20 min)

‘the work is about exploring the veracity of history and of time,
and its constructs (in this case especially the notion of
“bodice-ripping” romance genres).
Playing with text and in-authenticity, the intention was to engage
an audience with notions of historical construction of women;
their facts and fictions, and the possibility of re-visioning histories.

Delpha Hudson

Engaging hybrid of site specific performance and movie making,
the somewhat improvisatory quality lending it all a pleasantly
languid & unhurried air.
At the very end the sun joins in to striking effect & I love the rogue
arm at our right as the spectators leave.
Hudson is a charismatic & commanding performer –
we’ll have another of her performance pieces here in the Autumn.

2 from Jess Loseby

18th July 2011 by michael
animation | arts | cellphone | conceptual | experimental | music video | silent | video

Arms Race
Arms Race (2007, 1.85MB, 1:02 min)

Handbag Surveillance
Handbag Surveillance (2007, 4.18MB, 2:05 min)

Anyone lucky enough to have already encountered Jess Loseby’s artwork
online or in a gallery will have realised immediately what a thoughtful,
courageous & dextrous artist she is. She hasn’t been so active of late &
her excellent site is offline now due to her continuing ill health
(although it is possible to explore it somewhat using the wayback machine).
This is a real loss: there is a warmth & humanity to her work
– an ability to find beauty in the ordinary, the overlooked
( & in our still sexist society, these categories often overlapping
with the domestic, the feminine) – which one often looks for in vain elsewhere.
Her work doesn’t strut, it enchants, (& then maybe sticks a
big fuck-off hatpin into you).
Video making isn’t central to what she does, but when she does it
she does it with all the qualities noted above.
Enjoy & learn.

Music for Handbag Surveillance by Clive Loseby.

We at DVblog join with many of her friends in wishing Jess well
and look forward to her return to active art making.

Sondheim – Unmissable , Unmatchable

15th July 2011 by michael
arts | conceptual | dance | experimental | humor | narrative | new media art | performance | politics | satire | technology | video

Native Dancer (2011, 92MB, 2:08 min)

Genbush (2006, 17MB, 6:03 min)

Two pieces from Alan Sondheim -one we originally posted in 2006
and one very recent. The new piece –Native Dancer
is a particularly affecting example of recent motion capture/avatar work.
It properly forms part of a triptych but I think it is the outstanding of the
three and I’m going to exercise curatorial perogative & post it singly.
It enchants me -I don’t know exactly why, I think the reasons could be
quite banal -there’s something of the children’s TV sci-fi epic about it perhaps…
Don’t know, just love it.
And here’s what we originally said about the other piece, which I see no reason to change:

Humor is perhaps not a quality that springs immediately
to mind when discussing the work of Alan Sondheim.
Wrong! His work is saturated in it, often a species of
graveyard or gallows wit.
Here, though, he just lets loose, plays.
But the man is incapable of doing anything that doesn’t
resonate with layer upon layer of meaning too!

I Want To See How You See – Pipilotti Rist

14th July 2011 by michael
animation | arts | conceptual | experimental

I Want To See How You See
I Want To See How You See (2003, 55.2MB, 4:48 min)

Hallucinatory, luscious, with a hint of darkness: approaching the
formulaic but, if so, certainly a winning formula for Rist & as
always undoubtedly beautifully & imaginatively wrought,
a video portrait of the writer & curator Cornelia Providoli,
found on the consistently excellent Lumen Eclipse site.

Charlie Roberts

13th July 2011 by michael
arts | community | documentary arts | documentary odd | performance | video

band aid
Band-Aid (2007, 54.4MB, 21:53 min)

Temple To Aeolos
Temple To Aeolos (2003, 1.52MB, 43 sec)

Well executed & not a little disturbing work from Charlie Roberts,
a man whose CV features the interesting combination of
performance video & ..er.. inflatable sculpture.
Bit of both here, both a compelling watch…

Buffies – First Season

12th July 2011 by michael
arts | cinema | experimental | remix/mashup | tv

Buffies First Season
Buffies – First Season (2002, 5.4MB, 1 min.)

Winsome bit of conceptual candyfloss from Chuck Jones in 2002.
One of his isolation studies, this piece comprises
‘Every utterance of the word ‘Buffy’ made during
the first season of ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’,
totaling nearly one minute.’

Big Moth

11th July 2011 by michael
arts | experimental | light | poetry | strange | video

Big Moth (2011, 9MB, 3:05 min)

“Experimental film and sound collage with a spoken poem
about embodying a moth”

As you do, as you do…
Another piece of strange & haunting loveliness from Simon Mclennan*.

*I completely screwed up posting this last week – I prepared the post &
went on vacation for a few days forgetting to actually upload the only
copy of the movie we had, on my home machine, to the server. Arrgh!
Big apologies to Simon & here it is all working properly now.

Mr. & Mrs. Blue Skies – Ajit Anthony Prem

8th July 2011 by doron
arts | experimental | music video | video | vlog

Mr. & Mrs. Blue Skies
Mr. & Mrs. Blue Skies (2006, 30MB, 5:30 min.)

‘September 7th marks three exciting years since meeting my wife.
In that time, my life has changed dramatically for the best.
It seems like I finally have a life!
This video should certainly remind you of being forced to sit through the
family vacation videos by your parents.
If it doesn’t then you should watch it a couple of times.’

Music: Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
From Ajit @ squigglebooth