A smart and unsettling art project here from Paolo Cirio; a New York based digital artist. He prints and pastes the ‘ghost’ images of people captured in Google Street View, in the exact places they were online. Very much a comment about how Google handles (or mis-handles) data such as this, it’s an unsettling, but also important project. One that fits neatly into the other street-view art projects that have sprung up around the platform. With the whole Apple Maps debacle bringing accuracy of data to the fore, it’s an interesting time to bring a project that highlights the consequence of that accuracy to the fore
One of my earliest childhood memories is watching the The Red Balloon at my Grandparents house. It was pretty much the first thing that my sister and I would request to watch when we there. It either means I was an early proponent at age 5 of French New Wave filmmaking, or, as is more likely, I was enthralled with this most simple, most heartbreaking and most innovative films you might ever see.
Filmed in 1956 by Albert Lamorisse, it stars his son, Pascal, and a sentient Red Balloon. The Balloon follows Pascal around the run-down, still very Post-war district of Bellevilléin Paris. From school to home, over the course of the short, he builds an emotional attachment to the Balloon, which is cruelly stamped out by his fellow schoolkids, culminating in an ending both heart-rending (the death scene of the balloon will make any heart break) and fantastical in equal measure. Let’s just say UP has alot to thank The Red Balloon for.
The film itself won at Cannes, as well as winning Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars that year. In this excellent in-depth essay on the film by Brian Selznickhe touches on the things that make the film such a wonderful experience even now. The ‘magic’ that makes the Balloon appear to be more than just an object, the intensity of the relationship that develops over the course of the film mirrors our most intimate connections as an adult. Yet for all the metaphors and symbolism that can be attached to the film as an adult watching it, Selznick concludes that this film is best watched through the eyes of a child. As a beautiful, simple story.
The film has been made available to watch on YouTube, and I urge all, young and old, those with kids especially, to watch the film and revel in this magical bit of storytelling.
In honor of the impending Art Basel decampment (funny how before Twitter these events had a mythic/vague quality), here is one of Jaakko Pallasvuo’s ‘How to’ instructional videos. This one deals with how to acquire internet fame through the medium of art. The weird 8bit recordings of TLC’s Waterfalls is priceless.
We Feel Fine, was one of the first truly unique explorations of the psyche of the Internet. A hugely influential (and beautiful) piece of work. Now, it’s creator, Johnathan Harris, is back in the digital storytelling fray with a new concept; Cow Bird.
Although still under wraps, Harris, in this interview with Frog Design begins to explain some of the thoughts behind the idea (that has taken over two years to craft). The over-arching thought is based around the re-configuring and re-vitalising storytelling as a long form narrative in the digital space. Harris thought goes that ‘real time’ social networks have eroded a storytelling to a series of ‘fragmentary reactions to things’. The ambition of the project is in effect to slow the pace down of online storytelling so the elements have time to gestate, and resonate.
CowBird uses fragments of peoples lives to tell long-form stories online using photos, sound maps, timelines, videos, and casts of characters. Creating in effect, a ‘meta story’ where other peoples stories interact and thread together based on their commonalities.
It’s worth reading the full interview, as Harris delves deeper and deeper into the thinking that goes behind this. But, it most certainly sounds like an intriguing project, and a must see when it finally arrives on our computers.
Interesting art performances that explores real time programming and coding relationships in in the ‘Kernel’ – the bridge between the applications on your machine and the CPU & Memory.
A project from Ricardo Brazileiro and Jeraman. The project is an attempt to map rhythm and sounds created by the coding rhythms generate within the Kernel itself. Named after Ada Lovelace (credited as the first ever ‘programmer’ with her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine), the performance, as it layers code upon code, moves from the sound of an early analogue Moog, to something more dark and layered, a Throbbing Gristle-esque din. I love the chaos that through supposed order (code) seems to be created here. Not quite sure what purpose it serves, but it’s a fascinating experiment nonetheless.
A great project from the minds of Intel and their Visual Life strand. (A follow up to the excellent Scott Schuman profile posted here a couple of months ago). In this one, 5 young artists and designers, working across disciplines were tasked with re-imagining a famous artwork. Their choices range from the classical stylings of DaVinci, and J.M.W Turner, to Edvard Munch and Vincent Van Gogh. While the actual results are suitably abstract as to keep your attention, it should be interesting to follow and see what they come up with in the end.
After my Pokemon post earlier on in the week, here’s another illustration based project, this time raising money for Haiti. Artists, David Choe, Sam Flores, Estevan Oriol, Grotesk, Jeremy Fish, Patrick Martinez, Alex Pardee, Dora Drimalas, Munk One, N8 Van Dyke, Rene Alamanza, Morning Breath and Skinner Davis have created their own unique spin on the artwork for one of my favourite films of last year. Inglorious Basterds. There are some amazing creations here, with lots of diverse styles. Check out some faves after the jump.
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