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Have you asked yourself this question before? Just 6 years after it’s birth online video is one of the major communication forms of internet culture. But what distinguishes video on the World Wide Web from other media like tv, video (art) or film? Which genuine forms and genres evolve on platforms like YouTube, Vimeo & Co? As I’m racking my brain about these questions in the preparations for my phd on ‘Aesthetics of Web Video’ I thought I do a small survery to hear what others think about the issue and to start a discussion. Of course I’m going to share the results, so please spare 5 minutes of your time and take part!

On Mirko’s tumblr I stumbled upon a NY Times article about Vincent Moon, whose work I follow for a long time. Famous for his Take-Away-Shows, which the Times credits him for to “have reinvented the Music Video”. While shooting those videos of musicians and bands he started travelling the world and became more and more interested in the relationship of music and culture in general. He slowly moved away from the short format of the Take-Away-Shows to longer and more diverse videos and films. His latest projects include An Island which “is an unconventional music performance film and an abstract documentary about a band and an island”.

Currently he is working on a “traveling visual album that lies in between music and cinema”, founded through a Kickstarter-Campaign:

What’s interesting about his development as an artist is, that he completely left his life in Paris behind himself, adopting a nomadic lifestyle for years now. When you see his projects, it seems like he becomes more and more interested in the process of his art&travel&life than in the idea of single artworks. His artworks are more about social interaction and cultural exchange that about a certain format or aesthetic. As he puts it in the NYT-article: “The 20th century was the century of archiving, and the 21st century is about experimenting. My point is exploring traditional sounds and playing with them. That’s what I’ve been trying to do with my films for the past years, taking traditions and not respecting them too much. I call it my quest of experimental folklore.”

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Moon as only one example, I see a new type of artist evolving, which travels the world and explores local cultures, but uses the global web to communicate with his/her audience and also gets financed independently through the web (by crowdfunding/donations). Some more examples? Here you go!

Dj Pogo presents World Remix:

Kutiman: In This piece I didn’t browse YouTube, I actually wandered around Jerusalem, met with musicians and filmed them.

Oh, and important to mention is that the nomadic video explorers also benefit from the ever smaller, cheaper, more professional digital technology. If you want see what is technologically possible in terms of travel video these days check out:

It has been a little quite at FOLGE, the beautiful and intelligent video interview magazine, in the last month. This december FOLGE returns with a massive update of 4 interviews.


The new Interview partners come from such different backgrounds as writing, architecture, chocolate manifacturing and vegetable dealing. This diversity is one of the attributes which make FOLGE so special.

by Lernert Engelberts & Sander Plug

9 episode documentary series in which artists of abstract work explain to their parents
where its all about.

episode 1:
Fantastic artist Arno Coenen talks to his father about the Eurotrash beer he developed for an art museum.

moonwalk4evers was conceived, designed and built in less than 2 weeks by group 94’s Studio Brussel.

The site received a couple of kilometres of user (fan)-contributed content in a really short time.

Germany’s cultural tv program dctp of Alexander Kluge is online!


Die Seite ist zwar technologisch ziemlich rückständig (keine deep-links, kein embedding, uuah!) , aber ich bin trotzdem unendlich dankbar, dass man viele Perlen der deutschen TV-Kultur jetzt online sehen kann. Gelungen finde ich den Ansatz, die Beiträge zu Themen wie Krieg oder Finanzkrise in Sammlungen zusammen zu stellen.

Mein Tipp für den Einstieg: ‘Das Weichziel ist der Mensch’ in der Sammlung ‘Krieg ist das Ende aller Pläne’.

“Oberstleutnant Sanftleben über Grundsatzfragen und Erfahrungswerte im Umgang zwischen Truppe und Öffentlichkeit.”


Good editorial web video often works with a simple and authentic idea - 50 People, One Question by Benjamn Reece most definately falls into this category. Moreover it comes with beautiful cinematography.

See the NY, Brooklyn and London edition in the Vimeo channel. If you’d like to know more about the cinematography of the videos check this Blog entry.

Software takes comand

The brand new book of my favourite digital culture theorist Lev Manovich entitled Software takes command was released today online under a creative commands licence.

The book is the second release of the Software Studies Initiative which was established by Manovich at the USCD as a new field of study to analyse the effects of software on contemporary culture.

I don’t know if we can but at least now there’s hope.

Listen to the clip without the picture, thereby it even get’s more scary.

Via Blowup.

If any filmmaker needs encouragement to really follow his passion he should watch Werner Herzog eating his shoes, literally! Once Herzog proposed to his good friend Erol Morris, that if Morris would ever finish a film, he would eat his shoes. So when Morris released ‘Gates of Heaven’, Herzog ate his shoes in front of a student audience, to proove that filmmaking is an act of commitment. Moreover he had some good advice for the students: “If you want to do a camera, steal a camera.”

See the short film about the incident at NY Entertainment.

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