“We have other indexes of richness. They measure in terms of how much money you have in the bank, how many cars you own, what clothing you wear. Here, the wealth indicators are clean air and water, spending time with your family and friends, knowing everyone in your community. This is considered wealth.
I was lucky to see a selection of socio-political films from this years’ BBC Arabic Film Festival, which were screened at Oxford’s St Antony’s College: “This is Exile. Diaries of Child Refugees” and “Cairo Drive”
Dawn Chorus, 2007, is a multi-screen film installation and presents 19 individuals using their own voices to recreate birdsong in everyday locations which is an accurate copy of the birdsong dawn chorus recorded in Northumberland, England. After recording the birds with multiple microphones, the individual birdsongs were slowed down to last approximately 16 times as long, which enabled the participants to imitate them, while being filmed. The films were then speeded back up to reach the true pitch of the birds, uncannily evoking similarities between bird and human vocal abilities and behaviour.
Light Echos is a project about time, space, light and data, created by Aaron Koblin, founder of Google’s Data Arts Team, and Tool‘s interactive director Ben Tricklebank.
The visitors to the Curve entered a dark environment and were led through the Curve by shifting words mapped onto the gallery floor, line by line, frame by frame, as though moving in space. The journey of visitors was also tracked and further revealed at the end as abstractions.
Not many people attended so I was among lucky few really to see the films on a big screen, as I don’t think there is many events like this. In fact I have been always on a look out for video art festivals in London but everything seems to have gone digital nowadays (with LUX being an exception on occassions). At Videovada I also attended the Analogue Video Workshop (have been looking for something like it for 7 years!!) and the demonstration of Praxis Live, which was aimed at people who had already experimented with the interactive audio-visual software before.
Max Richter 1921
Bruce Neuman – Clown Torture
Tony Hill – A short history of the Wheel
Ai WeiWei- Dumbass (the music video)
Karen Cytter, Video Art Manual
John Wood and Paul Harrison – The Only Other Point
Dryden Goodwin – Linear
George Barber – Waiting for Dave
Hito Steyerl – How not to be seen
Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Jens Petersen (sound designer, Sigur Ross) – English Magic
This was my favourite video, shown on Venice Biennale in 2013
Archive recreation for The Great Martian War documentary by ‘impossible factual’ for History Canada.
Directed by Christian Johnson, (Plazma). and Steve Maher (impossible factual).
Music: “88” by Working for a Nuclear Free City.