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Berlinale: Films Beget Films

Just returned from 2010 Berlinale where The Owls premiered, rocked German lesbian’s L-Word soaked version of dyke-America, and sold a bunch of territories, too (thanks to The Collaborative! Note to indie- film-world: if you make a feature for $20K you can re-coup costs pretty darn easily). I thought Hammer to Nail did a super job trying to explain the delightful, confounding, amazing experience which is this HUGE, cosmopolitan, diverse, intellectual, and extremely well-programed amalgam of films from star-studded to avant-garde, so I’ll do something else. Thanks to her as well for a fine wrap-up of our film and others! ... read more »

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Video Dada

I drove out to UC Irvine with the kids to catch the Video Dada show (“dealing with intersections of video, art, and the internet.”) Martha Gever, the show’s curator, was kind enough to also drive out and chat with me after. The show puts into action and on to the wall many of the concerns I’ve been expressing here about video art on YouTube by transforming curating into the “real” (video) art practice and allowing YouTube work to become art by surrounding its 300 unruly videos with to-be-expected large-screen, flat, chic monitors. Importantly, Gever also provides thrift store couches and also on to the wall, big, scrawled messy handwritten quotations from media/cultural theorists as varied as Marcel Proust, Geert Lovink, and Virginia Heffernan. Without their raucous, ugly YouTube pages to frame them (ads, other videos, comments, tags) the projected videos looked pretty, like nothing other than honest to goodness video art in all its varied polyphony: cut-up, hand-painted, home-video-like, music-video-inflected, found-ads, and so on. It was that frame that did it, making art out of madness: slick screen, black box, curator’s stamp of approval. The wall demands respect, as does the hushed room with guard. And, unlike YouTube, the quotes create context. ... read more »

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“The Camera is the Problem”: Boring Paranormal Camcorder Cinema

A YouTube hand-held jump-cut DIY sensibility masks cine-gimmicks as old as Melies and ever so much more tired given their age: doors that open and close on their own (creepy!), bumps in the night (scary!), sounds in the wings (BOOM!!), footprints in powder (an uber-faux Piercian index given our universal knowledge about the trick of manufacturing ghost-like appearances via a tripod and camera: on/off/devil hooves on powder/on again). ... read more »

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A Steady Grind

Victoria Kerszi kindly sent along to me her recent documentary, A Steady Grind, a portrait of her grandmother Eloyse, a fiery fighter keeping her family’s junkyard afloat, despite tax debt, ill health, and compounded grief from the loss of two sons and a spouse. ... read more »

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I make nouveau art video on YouTube: Mommy’s Marriage

I have been criticizing YouTube for a few years now. Easy enough to do given its perplexing gaps in capability—all the things it won’t let you do: find things, surround them with meaningful stuff and people—not to mention all the crap video. Could I re-purpose the site to succeed at functions I require for video art? This is my goal with my project, Mommy’s Marriage, currently in active pre-production. ... read more »

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Dear Gabe: My Old Video Art

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Loving the Archive; Controlling the Archive

The archivist brings work to visibility by seeing it, knowing it in her way, and connecting it to other video and viewers that will frame and hold it: giving context, making friends, building arguments, forming associations. Unruly archives need curators. Their holdings nothing but inconsequential detritus until loved and re-purposed.

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Video Art: Does Access Matter?

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Looking for Video Artists

Perhaps the easiest way to find (established) video art on YouTube is to search the site using the name of an already famous video artist. What you will find, then, is one of three possibilities:

1) Their work is not on YouTube.

2) An interview with the artist is on YouTube.

3) Their work has been (badly) scanned and anonymously and probably illegally posted, in fragments and probably not with the artist’s permission. ... read more »

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Video Art(ists) of the YouTube Archive