Friday, July 25, 2014

New Yorker profile on video artist Ryan Trecartin

I think Trecartin is the most exciting video artist at work now, keeping aflame the ethos of video as a true condensation of the electronic apparatus. In his case, the internet is present in the speed and imagery overload that makes his videos simultaneously outlandish and familiar. 

 The New Yorker has published an in-depth interview with Trecartin, confirming his increasing reputation in the art world. Below is one of his first video tapes, A Family Finds Entertainment.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Micropolitics of the Post-Digital: From street protests to transitional spaces in Brazil

transmediale/festival 2014

Participants: Oliver Lerone Schultz, Marcus Bastos, Fabiane Borges, Lucas Bambozzi, Adriano Belisário Respondence: Karla Brunet Location: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, auditorium Time: Sun, 2.2. 12:00h - 14:00h

Insurgent political movements, techno-shamanism, and the formation of a sustainable networked society in the Brazilian political and cultural landscape Reflecting on a post-digital approach as a condition in which the utopian promise of the global technological progress is put under crisis, this panel investigates practices and projects of de-colonisation of corporate culture, as well as of the “digital” paradigm per se. 

By specifically focusing on hybrid and syncretic Brazilian contemporary political, cultural and economical scenarios, the post-digital condition highlighted in such context brings together a variety of practices that deal with transitional processes between online and offline existence, ecology of technical and non-technical resources, techno-shamanism from the junction between technology and practices of ancestral knowledge, insurgent political movements and the formation of a sustainable networked society. 

The panel proposes a multiple angle of analysis where technology becomes an open tool to imagine unpredictable connections in the everyday life from civil engagement to artistic and political activism, and to social change.


Monday, October 21, 2013

New video: Rock Sand Roll

Rock Sand Roll from apasolini on Vimeo.
The ocean as the ultimate video star, culture encroaching on nature. This poetic video uses rhythm and juxtaposition to create a subtle drama of contrasts: turmoil and quietness, speed and slowness, water and sand, culture and nature, landscape and detail. Shot in Itapua Beach, Vila Velha, Brazil.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Arab videoart

Since the 1960s and advancement of technology, video art has taken a prominent route to becoming a fundamental contemporary art medium. With a growing number of international and Arab artists expressing their views, Athr Gallery is proud to present Video(works), a distinctive exhibition in that it celebrates the medium of video art rather than a specific theme or topic.

 Video(works) is an elaborate introduction to video art for the region, showcasing artworks by the likes of Ahmed Mater and his unique camera view of Jamrat (the stone throwing ritual in Hajj), Ziad Antar’s short art/documentary on the 2006’s war in Lebanon with a mixture of sounds and visuals, and Adel Abidin’s commentary on war and pop culture, next to Hans Op De Beeck’s architectural video masterpiece “Staging Silence 2”, David Zink Yi’s street dance performance and Sami Alturki’s protest on overwhelming advertising billboards in the region.

 Press release

Thursday, May 16, 2013

DAVID HOCKNEY's video installation THE JUGGLERS

This exhibition marks the U.S. premiere of David Hockney’s first video installation: The Jugglers, June 24th 2012 (2012). Filmed using eighteen fixed cameras, this multiscreen tableau shows a group of jugglers as they move in a procession across a grid of eighteen screens. The figures, dressed in black and juggling brightly colored objects, perform in front of a pink wall and on a blue floor, creating a vibrant, colorful composition whose energy is echoed by a lively musical soundtrack. Hockney’s creation of a composite image from multiple perspectives places the choice of where to look with the viewer, demonstrating his ongoing interest in how technologies can open up new ways of looking at, and making, images. 

Source: Whitney Museum

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Art of Video Art at CCA Tbilisi, Georgia

My video The art of video art has been included in a program curated by Agricola de Cologne in partnership with CCA Tbilisi/Georgia. Agricola de Cologne prepared nine special programs, a combination of screenings, lectures and discussions covering a wide range of aspects of art and moving images. 

Full list: 
01. Ran Slavin (Israel) – Facial Witness, 2006, 2:00 02. Andreas Zingerle (Austria) – EXTENSION OF HUMAN SIGHT, 2008, 3:10 03. Rajorshi Ghosh (USA) – pig, 2009, 1:00 04. Borja Alexandre (Spain) – “Suicide”, 2007, 8:00 05. Alexander Mouton (USA) – Stare, 2009, 1:40 06. Constantin Hartenstein (Germany) – LIFTN, 2008, 1:20 07. Maria Canas (Spain) – The Toro’s Revenge, 2006, 2:00 08. Bill Domonkos (USA) – Lu Deux Fois, 2008, 3:11 09. Clint Enns (Canada) – winnipeg stories: sacrificial memories, 2008, 4:38 10. Enrique Freaza (Spain) – Fictional Recall: Episode I, 2007, 1:09 11. Andrea Huyoff (Germany) – On the Waterfront, 2008, 2:30 12. Owen Mundy (USA) – Through a Glass Darkly, 2008, 12:30 13. Renata Padovan (Brazil) – ONCE, 2009, 2:11 14. Jonas Nilsson (SWE) – The Choice, 2009 2:15 15. Joshua Rosenstock (USA) – Dance of the Computer Lab, 2009, 1:18 16. Dr. Boston (USA) – I wish I had a date, 2006, 3:15 17. Lobo Pasolini (Brazil) – The Art of Videoart, 2007, 2:18 18. Angie Eng (USA) – Endings, 2008, 2:39