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The Democratic Set is a rapid series of short screen-based video portraits created by the Australian Back to Back Theatre.
The latest version of the project features inhabitants in the Belgium city of Leuven, who were invited to show up at an outdoor filmset and perform a small act.
After five days of filming, the footage was turned into a 17 minute long alternative video portrait of Leuven and its people.
The project was commissioned by the art center STUK.
Posted by Sebastian on Jul 20, 2011
"404 Not Found" pages are usually not the most exciting places to end up at, but the 404 page on Steve Lambert's website is an exception and worth a visit in itself.
Posted by Sebastian on Feb 14, 2009
In 2006 AOL foolishly released a text file on one of its websites containing twenty million search keywords over a 3-month period. Before realizing their mistake, the file had been mirrored and distributed on the internet.
None of the records on the file are directly personally identifiable but each user is identified on the list by a unique number, which enables the compilation of a user's search history (New York Times actually managed to identify some of the users).
Now, the history of one of these anonymous users as been made into an experimental episodic documentary called 'I Love Alaska'. The movie tells the 'true search history' of User #711391 - an obese religious woman from Texas, who is looking for a way to rejuvenate her sex life. She cheats on her husband with a man she met online but regrets her deceit and dreams of a new life in Alaska.
I Love Alaska is made by Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug for MiniMovies - a platform for documentaries made for the digital age.
It was the Italian team that won the Young Creatives Competition:Film 2007.
The competition - sponsored by Nokia Nseries - took place between Wednesday June 20th and 22nd in conjunction with the International Advertising Festival in Cannes.
Twenty young creative teams was given the same creative brief and 48 hours to create a 20-second TV commercial using the Nokia N93i.
The brief is not available from the website ('page not found') but from watching some of the films, it appears that it was politically correct and had something to do with creating an MTV-ad that promotes ecologically responsible living.
(From those I watched, my favorite is the Canadian submission)
The title sequence of a movie can be much more than just a trivial portion of credit lines - if used with creative sense it can effectively set the narrative stage.
Sometimes production studios invest so much time and creativity into designing these opening sequences that they become little cinematic masterpieces.
Just think of the legendary design by Saul Bass (e.g. Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo) as well as the opening sequences in more recent movies such as Se7en, Panic Room, Catch Me If You Can and so on.
The list is long and soon you will be able to get a better overview thanks to Dutch media platform Submarine Channel who has put together an online movie archive that consists of stunning title sequences.
The archive is not yet that extensive and the godfather of it all Saul Bass is not (yet) represented due to copyright issues - but the collection is growing and will hopefully turn into a comprehensive resource.
If you're the lucky owner of a video-enabled iPod you can now watch video art anywhere, anytime.
The Danish Artnode foundation has launched the artPOD website, which offers an interesting collection of video art for the iPod, free of charge.
The idea behind the initiative is to create a new context for the distribution and experience of video art as an alternative to the immobile and institutional boundaries of art galleries and museums.
In the spirit of Xmas and free software culture, artPOD encourages people to share the videos with friends.
So far, 8 renowned video artists have contributed to artPOD. In case you don't have a an iPod with video, you can also watch the art from the website.
I have been invited to participate in an exhibition on Nordic net art, which is currently taking place in Finland.
My contribution to the exhibition is a work from 2003 called Greatest Hits! which is an animated projection of my favourite 365 spam subject lines collected from tens of thousands of junk mails through a period of 5 years.
The idea behind the work is to highlight the characteristic laconic, intimidating and sometimes playful language that has been authored and developed by anonymous spammers in order to 1) penetrate spam filters and 2) lure naive recipients into spending money.
Greatest Hits! offers one way of collecting, archiving and studying spam's presence while suggesting that we may find some poetic qualities in our daily amounts of unwanted e-junk.
Greatest Hits! is updated continuously, offering a mix of classic as well as up-to-date spam subject-lines.
Visitors to the exhibition in Finland, can also get their very own spam T-Shirt with text-imprints from GREATEST HITS! All they have to do is bring 3 pieces of spam subject lines from their own mailbox and put them up on post-it notes.
Posted by Sebastian on Nov 11, 2006
Pirate Cinema Berlin is a public cinema that only shows pirate-movies.
The cinema is organized in protest against the entertainment industry and their agressive property policies. All films at the screenings have been downloaded from p2p networks and the entrance is free.
The Pirate Cinema occasionally travels to other cities, so check out their website for dates and programs.
The Waygood Gallery in Newcastle (UK), has put together the cinematic exhibition Little Jewel Cinema, which is inspired by the peep show format of the pre-cinema days.
Little Jewel Cinema is located in a shop window of one of Newcastle's busy streets where passers by can stop and peep through 10 holes to watch short films, documentaries and animations made by 13 different artists and filmmakers.
Little Jewel Cinema is running from October 20 to January 1.
Danish based website LommeFilm.dk (PocketFilm) is running a cameraphone shortfilm contest (which is actually over by now).
In line with previous contests of this kind, the idea is to challenge the artistic and technical constraints of the cameraphone.
Participants must obey a few curatorial rules, such as limiting the duration of the film to 60 seconds as well as relating the content to the theme "in motion".
Happy slapping does not qualify.
The best films will be screened Nov. 10-19 at the documentary festival CPH:DOX.