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November 5, 2007

Evidence Locker

speaking of Jill Magid (whom I love love love!)...I saw this piece this last summer in New York and was extremely captivated by her concept and writing......

The above is the website element of the below project-->



Making this video, i had an idea to visually express a mental process. I thought of the way ideas - or any other type of thoughts - come and go through the mind. The string tying itself into a knot is the visual representation of an idea itself - that is, a self-contained source of energy with the potential to be formed into a physical product or action. The water filling and emptying the jar on the right hand side is an abstraction for the way the mind can be alternately full and empty, able or incapacitated, to fulfill the potential in a idea. The knot catches fire as it becomes more and more entangled, a representation of the idea "fizzling out."
So the video is a symbolic - and very simplified - representation of a certain cycle in the mind, in which ideas come and go, entering into realization or fizzling out into nothingness entirely by chance according to whether or not the elements in the mind are aligned correctly to capacitate the realization ofthe idea's potential.
That being said, this video is an idea not fully realized. There is no represenatation per se of when an idea "gets through" and its potential is realized. This is something i couldn't think of quite how to express, but would like to, as i think it would be a step towards completely realizing the potential in this idea.


So Drumcorps is coming to station 4 on 11/8 (Thursday). If you are interested in very intense and alienating electronic music you can't miss this!!!


Peter Browne-Motion Study

My idea for this project was to make a video that emphasized the sensation of motion. I shot twenty minutes of video of a train moving, and of people walking, through a bus window. I wanted to have the motion of both videos on a continuous control, so I set up a patch that allows frames to be advanced through the movement of a computer mouse. It is because of this that sometimes the video posted on this blog looks choppy. When the mouse stops the video stops, and when you can't move the mouse anymore because it runs out of cord, the video slows down to a stop. I would like to try to use a more smooth continuous control, but nevertheless I find the current interface fun and interesting especially to observe the motion of people's strides. I chose to play the close-up video of the train next to the footage of people's legs moving to add to the viewers sense of motion without adding another distinct context, just more visually recognizable movement. I also added a color control component to the video of the train in and attempt to further abstract the video from reality and add another visual control.

Video Self-Portraits

Some references and inspirations:

Marina Abramovic
: Balkan Baroque, Rhythm 5
Bruce Nauman: Bouncing in the Corner, Flesh to White to Black to Flesh
Lev Yilmatz: Tales of Mere Existence
Candice Breitz (artnet): King, Karaoke
Vito Acconci (wikipedia), Pryings, Centers
Jill Magid: Surveillance Shoe
Manu Luksch: Faceless
Time Hawkinson, wikipedia: Emoter
Arthur Zmijewski (art margins), Berek (The Game of Tag)

November 2, 2007

A random question!!

Hey Heba or anyone else who can provide me an answer.
What is the name of that Somali horror movie?



Heba Amin-Identity and Urban Infrastructure

This, for me, is still very much a thought, a part of a larger concept to be explored. I am interested in failed, abandoned spaces and how they affect human emotion and behavior. The idea with this exploration is to insert the viewer into the imagery as a way to contemplate the issues presented. I found interesting the comments on loneliness and the lack of identity of the mass/crowd. From here I want to alter the timeline of some of the silhouettes where some freeze in time while others delay or have altered states of time. I also want to explore the idea of surveillance, and the suggestion of the zoomed panning of the original picture is one that I find extremely interesting. I will post a new video after I alter some of those things.