Work in progress: Nonobjective Cinema

Some days ago I discovered this film by Dwinell Grant entitled Color Sequence (1943)—I think that this is just a fragment because the film is supposed to last 3 minutes.

Grant was an illustrator, painter, and animator who in 1940 wrote the following about nonobjective painting, and nonobjective cinema: “(Nonobjectivism) is part of the earth itself … In creating it we do not say something about something else, but rather we produce a rhythm which is part of nature’s rhythm and just as deep and fundamental as a heartbeat, a thunderstorm, the sequence of day and night or the growth of a girl into womanhood … Nature is not something to be commented on, it is something to be.”

Even Color Sequence is not a proper flicker film, some parts of it consist of really quick changes, and it is significantly earlier than Arnulf Rainer (1960), the first flicker film, so it shocked me.

Color Sequence is quite unknown and I love it, so I decided to create a kind of digital relecture of it. In order to do that, I saved all the frames from the original video file that I found on the Internet as JPG, and then I intercalated and disintercalated them, what generates this digital aesthetic.

Nonobjective Cinema

The soundtrack is composed of exactly the same files—I saved the original JPG frames as RAW and then as AIFF—so what you see is what you hear. The final result is this.

The quality of Vimeo compression is really awful for this kind of digital textures, so to watch it properly I recommend you to download the original video file (1018MB, right-click, Save link as).

@ Szczecin European Film Festival

Szczecin European Film Festival (29.09 – 06.10.2014, Szczecin , Poland) will screen my works Hinterland (Materialist Film #001) and Solvitur ambulando in the section Boundaries of Cinema: videoART – EXSPERIMENT.

IV Encuentro sobre Redes Sociales en museos, centros de arte y producción: Intermedia_Redes_Ecosistemas

El viernes me voy con .mediateletipos))) (o al menos con una pequeña parte) al MUSAC al IV Encuentro sobre Redes Sociales en museos, centros de arte y producción: Intermedia_Redes_Ecosistemas. Estaremos el sábado a las 13:00, Kamen Nedev y yo, hablando sobre .mediateletipos))), artesonoro.org, redes aurales y otras cosillas…

«En 2014 se cumplen 10 años de la aparición de la llamada Web 2.0., una lógica evolución de las páginas .com que revolucionó Internet. Es entonces cuando la Red se convierte en un espacio de comunicación, intercambio e interacción, donde el usuario puede gestionar contenidos, establecer relaciones y crear comunidades gracias a las redes sociales y a las accesibles aplicaciones en línea. El usuario, antes mero espectador, se convierte en editor, en conservador y en gestor de sus vídeos y de sus fotografías, en escritor de sus propios posts, etc».

Más información

The actions necessitated for us by circumstance

“The Stoic philosopher Epicurus maintained that free will was only an illusory sense we experience when the actions necessitated for us by circumstance fortuitously coincide with what we happen to want.”

Will Self: Walking is political.

Could someone else do it in my place?

“Thoreau wrote in a letter that when considering a course of action, one should ask: ‘Could someone else do it in my place?’ If the answer is yes, abandon the idea, unless it is absolutely essential. But it is still not bound up in the inevitable part of life. Living, in the deepest sense, is something no one else can do for us. You can be replaced at work, but not for walking. That’s the great difference.”

A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros.

There is no such thing as forgetting

“Of this at least I feel assured, that there is no such thing as forgetting possible to the mind; a thousand accidents may and will interpose a veil between our present consciousness and the secret inscriptions on the mind; accidents of the same sort will also rend away this veil; but alike, whether veiled or unveiled, the inscription remains for ever, just as the stars seem to withdraw before the common light of day, whereas in fact we all know that it is the light which is drawn over them as a veil, and that they are waiting to be revealed when the obscuring daylight shall have withdrawn.”

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, Thomas De Quincey.

Listenings

• Find My Way (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix) (2013)
Nine Inch Nails / Oneohtrix Point Never

• Split (2012)
Oneohtrix Point Never / Rene Hell

• AW13 Mulch (2013) [listen]
Steve Shaw

• Spry (2010) [listen]
Zhang You-Sheng

Async Sense (1995)
Async Sense

Not understood at all

“On the other hand, sound and video artist _blank’s conceptual performance seemed to be misunderstood, or rather, not understood at all. Her deep and exacting exercise on deciphering and exposing how sound relates to image seemed to get lost on many. The loud, sharp sounds never intended to be anything like music – the audio was the very own sound of the image on the screen. While such an exercise is quite interesting in terms of revealing the philosophy behind digital sound, it understandably is not for every taste. However, such conceptual art that relates directly to sound and image definitely has a place in the festival. Briefing the audience prior to more conceptual, non-musical acts might help adjust the expectations, possibly… It’s not for easy consumption, but _blank’s work is one to stay, and echo through the years as a landmark of its very unique kind.”

Sibel Tinar, FLIC Magazine.

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