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DVblog

Curated by Michael Szpakowski and Doron Golan

“Over the last six years DVblog has been posting, on a daily basis, curated QuickTime videos exemplifying the recent striking explosion of art video on the net.

Our policy has been flexible and eclectic enough to accommodate also the occasional advert, music video, documentary and gallery resident curiosity or wonder but our core project has been the net.

This selection attempts to offer a panorama of material we have been struck and engaged by in those years.
It’s partisan in that to some extent it’s a personal favourites list within that brief – to do justice to every angle would take days not hours.

Techniques and concerns vary widely from the in-your-face appropriations of JimPunk , the joyful performative madness of Rupert Howe’s Rendering of Anarchy in the UK in,  amongst other places, the London Underground, to the documentary poetic dreamscapes of Robert Croma and Millie Niss.

Also included is the second life dance/dreamwork of veteran Alan Sondheim,  datamoshing  from young US artist Eddie Whelan and much more.
When we say personal favourites we guess what we also mean is that for us it’s not only the exemplification of trends that matter here but also excellence in the conception and execution of each piece. We think each work stands out, before consideration of any illustrative value, for this excellence.

The collection as a whole is dedicated to the memory of Millie Niss, whose work we posted many times and who died, tragically young, in late 2009.”

Michael Szpakowski  and  Doron Golan  Feb 2011

Artwork

T®1p±Ⓨ..


2010, 12MB, 2:37 min.


http://www.dvblog.org/movies/02_2010/jimpunk/Tr1pt1ch201001291.mov


By JimPunk, master of the remix & the ma$h-ups.
 

http://www.jimpunk.com/.net/

Night Impromptu

 

2009, 50.9 MB, 5:19 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/10_2009/nightimpromptu.mov

Despite being a very fine still photographer there's something paradoxically counter-photographic about Robert Croma's video work. Of course, as one would expect from a photographer, he's extremely sensitive to finish and the care which is lavished on the working over of each of his movies is humbling and astonishing but what struck me, getting this post ready, is how difficult it is to extract a poster image from these that really prepares us for the coming movie as movie. (Believe me – mostly this is not so hard, so many people semaphore from every frame) Then it further struck me that this a mark of the most profound cinematic thinking, that despite the pieces’ great visual beauties they are conceived austerely, with the greatest economy & most of all holistically; that is, entirely at the level of the final moving image. Of course here, as so often with Croma, finally it’s also a very moving image. 

http://robertcroma.com/

whats ahead

 

2010, 53 MB, 2:35 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/whatsahead.mov

Whilst many predicted that datamoshing would quickly become a tired & routine cliché who’d ever have thought someone might rather classicize it: make of it something measured, understated, controlled & with it yield such delicate & rarefied loveliness as does Eddie Whelan in this music vid for The Meanest Boys. Simply great.

http://www.eddiethewheel.com/

 

Please Don’t Look Like A Pear

 

2010, 10 MB, 3:22 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/plsdontlooklikeapear.mov

I love Donna Kuhn’s work. I’ve rhapsodised about it here before, so I’ll just note, first, that she continues to develop in the most thoughtful & interesting of ways & second that this video is very funny, poetic & scarier than most horror movies. (Donna: ‘people don’t believe that these are completely unembellished craigslist personals ads’). To do all three – a coup!
More soon please Donna!

http://digitalaardvarks.blogspot.com/

itown



2001-4, 14.6MB, 2:32 min


http://www.dvblog.org/movies/01_2006/nathaniel_stern/itown.mov

One of six pieces originally shown as a gallery installation. Says their creator, the artist Nathaniel Stern : ‘The odys series consists of six short digital video poems / monologues for small screen viewing in an intimate gallery space. By stuttering between odys actions and words, listeners construct his person. As he attempts to re-member, bringing the past back to his body and calling it his own, listeners attempt to piece together a story for themselves. Viewers are encouraged to re-visit and jump over juxtaposed media, and create a shifting collage of, and in response to, his person.’ This is work of huge ambition both aesthetically & technically & it’s brave and it’s edgy, sometimes to the point of being uncomfortable to watch. Neither does Stern fear engaging with complex & difficult ideas. Definitely worth more than one viewing.

http://nathanielstern.com

Moves and Shadows

 

2008, 17.5MB, 3:17 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/whatsahead.mov

 

3:17 min of visual enchantment from the genius Dane in this utterly ravishing dance vid.


http://patalab02.blogspot.com/



Snow Haiku

 

2011, 28MB 1:22 min, silent

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/02_2011/snowhaiku.mov


Oh this is beautiful!
Martha Deed‘s work is unique, beholden to no-one; lyrical and tough at the same time.
It's the work of someone who has seen a great deal of life, of sadness and wickedness both and yet who still dares to hope and to dream and to find that life wonderful.

http://sporkworld.tumblr.com/

British Beach Hut Miscellany



2006, 5.2MB, 1:36 min


http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2006/beachhutfast.mov

Made by Giles Perkins. Shot on Super 8 & digitally edited. English pastoral loveliness with a conceptual/formalist twist, which resolves to… English pastoral loveliness. Lovely!

http://www.gilesperkins.com/

Girl Space

 

2010, 22MB, 3:45

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/03_2010/dial_up_final.mov


Another great piece from Morrisa Maltz, whom we first showed here last week. This puts me in mind, stylistically, of another DVblogfavourite, Donna Kuhn. I mean that entirely positively – the content & tone are clearly different but there’s something of the same dynamism and confidence in working with very diverse materials in both artists.

http://morrisamaltz.net/home.html

Skyway

 

2009, 39 MB, 1:53 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/07_2010/skyway.mov


A couple of months before her untimely death last year Millie Niss sent me this video -

‘I have been working for a long time on and off (mostly off) these days on a video showing industrial ruins on the outskirts of Buffalo, shot from an elevated highway which is scheduled to be torn down…’

I remember thinking how beautiful and evocative it was and I assumed Millie would publish it on the Sporkworld Blog in due course. Sadly this never happened. The other day I came across it & asked Millie’s mother and collaborator, Martha Deed, for permission to post it here, which she gave, so it’s a pleasure tinged with sadness to do so.

We're going to take a summer break now. We'll be back on September 20th but in the meantime we'll leave you with this memorial to a fine artist & a fine human being.

http://www.sporkworld.org/

whats ahead

 

2010, 53 MB, 2:35 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2010/whatsahead.mov

Whilst many predicted that datamoshing would quickly become a tired & routine cliché who’d ever have thought someone might rather classicize it: make of it something measured, understated, controlled & with it yield such delicate & rarefied loveliness as does Eddie Whelan in this music vid for The Meanest Boys. Simply great.

http://www.eddiethewheel.com/

 

Snow Haiku

 

2011, 28MB 1:22 min, silent

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/02_2011/snowhaiku.mov


Oh this is beautiful!
Martha Deed‘s work is unique, beholden to no-one; lyrical and tough at the same time.
It's the work of someone who has seen a great deal of life, of sadness and wickedness both and yet who still dares to hope and to dream and to find that life wonderful.

http://sporkworld.tumblr.com/

Snow Factory

 

2006, 6.41MB, 53 secs

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/11_2007/stevenball/snowfactory1.mov

Lyrical whimsy, which sounds lightweight, but isn’t. It’s beautifully made by Steven Ball and has a strange gravity not unreminiscent of the less dread-saturated (I hesitate to say “more playful”) end of Kafka…or Ben Marcus, perhaps…

http://www.steven-ball.net/

Beam Me Up #1

 

2009, 34.3MB, 1:50 min

http://dvblog.org/movies/03_2009/sondheimSL/beammeup1.mov

unique blah blah blah genius blah blah blah nonpareil blah
inimitable blah matchless blah blah sui generis blah blah
nonesuch blah peerless blah blah blah sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/

Beam Me Up #2

 

2009, 9.5MB, 31 secs

http://dvblog.org/movies/03_2009/sondheimSL/beammeup2.mov

unique blah blah blah genius blah blah blah nonpareil blah
inimitable blah matchless blah blah sui generis blah blah
nonesuch blah peerless blah blah blah sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/

Beam Me Up #3

 

2009, 12.4MB, 25 secs

http://dvblog.org/movies/03_2009/sondheimSL/beammeup3.mov

unique blah blah blah genius blah blah blah nonpareil blah
inimitable blah matchless blah blah sui generis blah blah
nonesuch blah peerless blah blah blah sondheim

http://www.alansondheim.org/

Anarchy in the UK

 

2007, 45.4MB, 4:44 min

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/06_2007/TwittervlogRupertAnarchy.mov

Anarchy In The UK has been a bit of a theme of late here on dvblog. Now, from the indispensable Rupert Howe comes this breathtaking version. Not only is it extremely funny, with an off the meter chutzpah quotient, (witness the animal terror in the eyes of the guys on the tube towards the end) but like a lot of Rupert’s work it’s a kind of contemporary London travelogue (of the best sort: hard edged, eyes wide open truthful & hence beautiful) too.

http://twittervlog.tv/

Borders

 

2010, 201 MB, 3:59 min, silent

http://www.dvblog.org/movies/01_2010/borders.mov

Worth every second of the download for this extraordinary piece from young UK artist Liz Sterry.

It’s an astonishingly assured bit of conceptual gorgeousness.  I’m particularly taken with..what’s the word.. the ..um..rightness of judgement with which it was shot and assembled – on the surface thrown together but everything combining so easily & elegantly to create something oflogic, power and great beauty.

http://lizsterry.com/