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.”
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:
Interesting concept, as the musicians of the band are actors but still planning to become a real band. All the music is originally created by the band and the creators. I really enjoyed the first episode, the character scripting is very strong and unique.
Of course the series offers the whole package a social-networking-drama needs these days: They are prominantly featured on Bebo, all the characters have profiles and blogs.
“Come along on a rollicking roadtrip through America with the next great indie-rock-pop-punk-Americana band. Meet The All-For-Nots (or “AFN” as their true fans call them): Johnny, Caleb, Paul, and Shirley - four Brooklyn rebels whose epic quest is to bring the masses their own brand of rock ‘n roll (okay, and maybe to get famous in the process). Witness every kick-ass performance and every devastating setback as they blaze across our great nation in their clunky van.”
…and once again, all the great photos in this entry are made by the very talented Anne Helmond!
And on yet another rainy morning in Amsterdam (not surprising, you get used to it after a while!), full of curiosity and hopes for the day, I went to the second day of the Video Vortex - Responses to YouTube conference. I was hoping that today would be more fruitful than yesterday, and indeed, what a pleasant surprise! Well, call me selfish, but instead of giving a general overview I will focus on the session that was the most interesting for me personally: Curating Online Video.
On a rainy morning in Amsterdam (that demanded lots of coffee!), the Video Vortex - Responses to YouTube Conference was kicked off at Club 11. I will be blogging on the conference for movingweb, but I was also there because I have been involved with the project through my work at the Netherlands Media Art Institute where we made an exhibition with the same title and related topics. Well, the program of the conference is quite extensive, and I was very disappointed by some of the presentations today (that seemed unprepared, unfocused, had nothing new to say…a total contrast with the first Video Vortex conference in Brussels!). So I will focus on the gems of today’s presentations!
Houyhnhnms.tv is a new community for web video creatives. Very nice design and good performance. I like the idea of the integrated quality control. Every uploaded work stays on the site for one week. If it doesn’t get a public voting of 4 out of 10 points, the work gets deleted.
“At Houyhnhnms we have decided to go for a thrilling opportunity:
Create a community of creators with TV format.
A television which grows directly on inspiration.
A place to experiment new concepts for a new audiovisual market.
An environment to share the most authentic audiovisual dreams, with no need for intermediaries.”
“A Swarm of Angels is a groundbreaking project to create a £1 million film and give it away to over 1 million people using the Internet and a global community of members. By subscribing for £25 members become part of a revolutionary process to make an open source feature film.”
Berlin based web TV station Hobnox goes online today!
Right now they’re running four channels, all connected to youth culture. What separates them from other web tv stations is the massive amount of self produced content. They’re having a handful of hosts, running different show formats. They recruited some german MTV-faces for that. Reminds a little bit of G4, although they are shifting the focus from game-related-content to music, film and street culture.
To push the whole web2.0-participatory thing they are having a contest where you can win 25.000 Euro to realise your project!
Many of you might now Jonathan Harris, but as he has a portfolio site up for some weeks now I’d like to point you to his works.
“Jonathan Harris is an artist and storyteller working primarily on the Internet. One part computer science, one part anthropology, and one part visual art, his work seeks to explore and understand the human world through the artifacts people leave behind on the Web.”
Out of his many amazing ideas I was deeply impressed by We feel fine - an exploration of human emotions when I saw at OFFF 2006 for the first. As most of his works it uses data sources on the web to show cultural/social doherences.
YouTube VideoMixer lets you remix your own Video and Images as well as material from youTube - well done Flex/Flash9-App with a rather functional interface and good flv-export.
Surprisingly, the new Mobile (Handy) Version of YouTube comes in dark grey and features not flv but streaming .3gp Videos (besides a slimmed down interface)
I just came across some interesting video community websites that might be a nice addition to the ones listed by Simon here:
Stage6 can briefly be described as a hi-resolution youTube-c using divx-files instead of flvs that can easily be downloaded.
Joox is a supporting bookmarking service/website for Stage6-Videos.