Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

P, Public Enemy, Pittsburgh

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Pop City Media – Pittsburgh just sent out the link to the new Public Enemy song & video, Everything. First reason to watch it: an unexpected song for Public Enemy (not sure if it isn’t kitsch though). Second reason to watch it: a lot of it is filmed in Pittsburgh and it renders some of the city’s mood. I always argue that Pittsburgh is a real city with real people (and no boring boutique town) and it pretty much looks like it is in this film. Love it!

Demosplash 2012

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Second Reality

Still from Second Reality, by Future Crew, 1993

With artists Cory Arcangel and Jacob Ciocci, I entered the world of the demoparty. The first night of Demosplash 2012 kicked off with pizza, soft drinks, and a screening of Second Reality, perhaps one of the best known and most imitated demos in history by a Finnish group called Future Crew. For those not in-the-know, demos are short, real-time videos played directly on a computer that feature prismatic color graphics, 3D-like spatial effects at times mesmerizing and dizzying, and catchy techno sounds that make you feel like dancing.  Old computer demos are artworks in themselves. Feats of technical skill meant to showcase and stretch the hardware of a computer through the prowess of programming, like Second Reality (originally released as a PC demo in 1993), set the rhythm for Demosplash’s weekend-long events hosted by the 30-year old Computer Club of Carnegie Mellon. On stage that evening was the Club’s collection of antiques made miraculously functional by a band of miked expert/commentators wearing Demosplash t-shirts running back and forth trading cables between various pieces of hardware, including the Commodore 64, the Amiga, Atari 8-bit, and both the Apple II and Apple’s Lisa to name a few. Sadly, the chiptune rave was postponed due to technical difficulties—all the more reason to come back next year.

Suzie Silver/Jasdeep Khaira and William E. Jones at Apartment Talks

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Apartment Talk #9: Suzie Silver/Jasdeep Khaira and William E. Jones

I am pleased to report that, with two recent literary events, things are really heating up at the 2013 Carnegie International Apartment Talks.

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Duncan Campbell

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Installation shot of "Duncan Campbell" showing screen prints (alt)

The other day I did an interview about this blog with Tyler Green of Modern Art Notes, and he was telling me that he thinks one of the things that makes it great is that it doesn’t feel like we’re plugging something. True, we’re usually just interested in sharing what we’re interested in. But now I’m going to actively promote something. Sorry Tyler! I hope you’ll forgive this transgression, because this is important:

There’s about a month left to see new screen prints and three powerful films by Duncan Campbell—Arbeit (2011), Make It New John (2009), and Bernadette (2008)—which are playing on a timed daily rotation in our Forum Gallery. I think people don’t necessarily expect to sit down and watch a longish (39 min., 50 min., and 37 min., respectively) video when they come to a museum, but this is an opportunity not to be missed. The dinosaurs aren’t going anywhere, so if you live in the Pittsburgh area or will be visiting before July 8, please don’t rush past Forum en route to somewhere else—commit a little time to this show.
 

Miami (in the off-season with Ragnar Kjartansson)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

I have just begun a month-long research trip that began in Miami, will end in Basel, and in-between will take me to Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Shanghai, Zagreb, Berlin, Kassel, and Paris. And maybe a mining town in Belgium. This trip began in a humid, sultry fashion in Miami, where the CMA’s exhibition, Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, was opening at MoCA North Miami (it goes to ICA Boston in December). I’d never been to Miami outside of December, during Art Basel, and it was nice to see the city as it normally is, without the thousands of art world characters floating around. I had a great few days down there and was reminded of the strong artist community. Thursday evening was Ragnar’s opening—the installation was impeccable. And Ragnar, in true Ragnar fashion, made everybody happy. I had an 8:00 AM flight the next morning, which I miraculously made, and then spent the next 22 hours en-route to Hong Kong. I don’t recommend that to anyone…