Descriptions & images of videos

Video večer / Video Evening #04

Transiting Memories
video works from the Simultan Festival archive 2005-2010,
compiled by Levente Kozma, RO

Le Grand Content
Clemens Kogler
Duration: 00:03:57

Le Grand Content by Clemens KoglerLe Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand ‘association-chain-massacre’. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. Of course, it totally fails this assignment, but in its failure it still manages to produce some magical nuance and shades between the great topics death, cable tv, emotions and hamsters.

I’m from Austria where I live, after I spent some years in Vienna, in Linz. I started studying classical painting and worked sometime in an ad agency and for television but finally decided to choose a career in film-making, for its job security and pension benefits.
In my work I try to create little graphical microcosms, which have their own individual logic. I start with static images and try to find a path of motion through these. In some cases whole films consists of only one picture. I think the process is in someway similar to architecture, with lots of planning ahead.

Mariusz Soltysik
Duration: 00:01:25

Billboard by Mariusz SoltysikTwo shots: first is from Lódz in Poland, before shopping time during Christmas. Second one, visible on the billboard, was taken in India . The relations between two means of life in a while, is the theme of my short movie.

Mariusz Soltysik, new media artist, painter, author of documentary movies, living in Lodz, Poland.

Jeremy Delhuvenne
Duration: 00:01:20

Optophonetics#2 by Jeremy DelhuvenneAttempt to bring to life suppressed objects through landscapes, the destruction of the linear model. The optophonetic objects are given to the spectator in a real-time performance.

Jeremy Delhuvenne is artist and graphic designer living and working in Paris.

Extension of Human sight
Andreas Zingerle
Duration: 00:03:08

Extension of Human sight by Andreas ZingerleA short sequence is taken from the documentary “The story of Television” (produced 1956 by RCA). In the 1920’s, David Sarnoff (Chairman of the board of RCA) and Dr. Vladimir Zworykin (Vice President of RCA (Hon.), Techn. Consultant of RCA) started dreaming on mass production of broadcasting moving images by electronic devices. The sequence is looped and the audiovisiual quality decreases constantly due to the fact of a lossy data compression. Artifacts like peculiar effect, bleeding, ringing, pre-echo, drop-outs, warbling, or graininess can be observed.
Dialogues (English):
David Sarnoff: We succeeded in extending human sight far beyond the horizon.
Vladimir Zworykin: Yes, this is wonderful thing about television. The extension of our sight.

Andreas Zingerle was born 1980 in Innsbruck, Austria and currently lives in Graz, Austria and Rotterdam, Netherlands. 2002 he started working in the field of photography and media technology. He is a graduate of the New Design University, St. Pölten/Austria and holds a master degree from the University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz/Austria. In 2007, he participated in the International Summeracademy in Hallein/. In spring 2008, he did an exchange semester at the Media Lab, TAIK – Taideteollinen korkeakoulu (University of Art and Design), Helsinki/Finland. Since 2004, his work has been shown in Europe, America, Asia and Australia.

Private Eye I
Rick Niebe
Duration: 00:02:00

Private Eye I by Andreas ZingerleBogey involved in a beckettian shadowing (a strange case).
In this work I deconstruct and re-assemble a sequence of the classical Hollywood cinema (Hawks’s “The Big Sleep”) into an humorous and obsessive repetition playing these images (just like Bogart’s action) against themselves.
Through digital technologies I remix a cultural pattern in order to enact a critique of collective imaginary of cinema.
To reassemble fragments of cinematic history is a game with and the huge databases available; somehow it’s a sort of act of resistence to the overwealminig stream of images in which we live.

Rick Niebe, visual artist, degree in semiotic of Cinema at Pisa University, his research as video artist is based on a minimal and epigrammatic experimental re-use of audio visual found materials. His works has been shown in several international festival and exhibitions.

To Whom it May Concern
Karl Ingar Roys
Duration: 00:02:56

To Whom it May Concern by Karl Ingar RoysIn his video Karl Ingar Roys mixes together many different commercials to give the work a completely new meaning. The message is presented just as fast as advertisings’ aesthetics, allowing the viewer to be tempted to interpret the work within an advertising critical context. One becomes seduced by the editing.
Sentences such as “Apparently you never had it so good” and especially “How clear do you want it to be?” fall right into the politically correct interpretations of the commercial; that the commercial seduces us with simple solutions of eternal beauty, youth and success. But no; if you look closer at the video work, the video becomes something completely different. It is simply a video-letter where one person ends a relationship with another person. The couple, though seen only from one perspective has a confrontation with their wishes, their dreams and the life that this person has lived in the relationship. “To whom it May Concern” suddenly becomes something very personal. Since the idea suggests that it could be two separate interpretations of the work, the commercial and its language is stripped and revealed.
(text by Anne Britt Rage)

Karl Ingar Roys artistic strategies are based on project-related researches on image/film/video/symbols as subjective controlled conveyable instruments. Contextual and narrative structures are reorganized in order to investigate underlying means of interest. The emphasis is put on deconstruction and reconstruction of meaning in a predetermined or institutionalized context where he explores the relationship between politics, economy and art.

Broken Windows
Richard O’Sullivan
Duration: 00:05:21

Broken Windows by Richard O’SullivanBroken Windows consists of the last footage shot with a digital camcorder – these are the dying gasps of the camera. On one level, the piece might serve as a de-mystification of the digital image itself; the degradation of the image broadly implies the processes by which the real world is interpreted as video. Video’s constitution of the world as image is laid bare, and it is disconcerting to see the torturous decay of the image as the camera fights to maintain its simulation of the world. On another level, however, the piece implies the impossible mystery of most technology for most viewers. The functioning of the camera, evident in the image only when it fails as here, is something which most of us can’t – or don’t want to – understand. We understand technology so little we must engage with it on a purely aesthetic level as a source of magic or wonder, as we do here.

Richard O’Sullivan is an artist in new media. He graduated from the M.F.A. program in Film Production/ Direction at U.C.L.A Film School in Los Angeles (University of California at L.A.), and from the University of Warwick. His videos explore the meanings of place, and have focused on the contradictions of the Californian landscape. Other works have explored visual perception and video technology. The artist has also produced documentaries, which follow personal narratives. Work in this area includes the feature-length Cradle, the production of which was undertaken with the mentorship of Marina Goldovskaya.

Daniel Ronnstam
Duration: 00:02:55

Election by Daniel RonnstamFormerly part of an early experimental short film, this work is a re-cut of an old traffic information film. The work also includes stop-motion animation, and clarifies an interesting mental phenomena through the speech of an ugly and quite sinister police officer.

Daniel Ronnstam was born 1971 in Helsingborg, Sweden, but now lives in Malmoe. His first interest was music, initially pop/rock and later avantgarde electronica. A few years ago he added film and
videoart to his production line. He now works intimately with both mediums.
When experiencing and producing art, Daniel is interested in the relationship between associative
interpretation and objective analysis. In his short films and videowork, archive footage is often
manipulated and re-contextualised. Stories are intermixed, information shuffled. This to give a
new symbolic meaning to the material. His work often touch political, social or environmental

Sarah Buckius
Duration: 00:05:31 (looped)

Stacking…stacking…stacking… by Sarah BuckiusThis animation shows replicated performances of my sisyphean stacking and restacking a set of white blocks. Using animation, I digitally transformed human movements to create kaleidoscopic patterns. This work explores how digital media uses replication to reconfigure a digitized moving body into infinite animated mutations.

Sarah Buckius is an artist and educator who currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI and was born in 1979 in Urbana, Illinois. She will teach at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor for the 2010-2011 school year. Previously, she taught at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, Eastern Michigan University School of Art, and Washtenaw Community College Visual Arts and Technology Program. Her creative work interweaves photography, video, performance, animation, and installation and has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Mass Hypnosis by Magnets
Adi Gelbart
Duration: 00:03:29

Mass Hypnosis by Magnets by Adi GelbartThe video depicts aliens demonstrating their technologies, and experiments made on the aliens in a lab context. The alien figures are constructed from vegetables, and move and perform with the aid of low-tech mechanics and special effects.
The soundtrack was recorded using three analog instruments, each one a legend in the history of analog music.

Adi Gelbart, born in 1975, lives and works in Berlin.
Among his performance credits are the Tate Modern – London, Haus der Kulturen der Welt – Berlin, No no logic – Barcelona. He participated in video, cinema and music festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam, Paris, Vienna and more. Apart from being a video artist, Gelbart is also a renowned musician and multi instrumentalist. In 2004 he received the ACUM awards for best Israeli electronic musician of the year.

the Eater
Soyeon Jung
2006 – revised 2010
Duration: 00:05:00

the Eater by Soyeon Jung“the Eater” deals with the harvesting and consumption of experience, transforming it into personal
memory. On opposing walls, a video of “the Eater” is coupled with a sequence of memory images that
must literally be consumed in order to preserve them. The abstracted images resist referencing any
particular event, but rather represent lived-in time as the artist moves between Korea and America. Within this piece, the act of eating of one’s own memory exhibits a cannibalistic consumption that alludes to the destructive potential of memory when it becomes internalized. A sound-scape that becomes suddenly violent as “the Eater” seizes a memory in her desire to consume it augments this feeling of unease.

Originally from South Korea, Soyeon Jung is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in the United States. Her work interrogates the intimate subject of personal memory from a multicultural perspective that is rooted in her experience of being situated in between Korea and America. Her installation and video work has been featured in galleries and screenings on the national and international levels. Jung received her MFA from the Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo. Currently, she teaches in the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the fields of experimental film and video and digital art.

Void Decked
Azhar Shukor
Duration: 00:03:41
Sound: Sofian Roslan

Void Decked by Azhar ShukorA Void Deck is typically found under apartment blocks in Singapore. With a constant flow of human traffic, the Void Deck is almost never a Void.

Azhar Shukor started out as a video artist, before he pursued filmmaking at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media. He wishes to create works that engage the audience visually and content-wise. He aspires to make films worthy of being called works of art. His films had been screened at various festivals and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Maryland and Singapore.

A State of Crystal
Johanna Reich
Duration: 00:03:41

A state of crystal by Johanna ReichVideo-Action
Loosing ground when the world turns upside down.

“Johanna Reich, a young video artist living and working in Cologne / Germany,
is walking consequently on a performative path in video art, giving the camera, the action or the performative process and the result in form of a video a new and very personal meaning.
She involves the audience by provoking the visual senses with unexpected results.
Her videos are much closer to performance as a form of contemporary art
than filmic narrative or technological aspects, the videos go to the essence of the medium and have something purist we know from Japanese abstract minimalism of Zen, something very spiritual which seems to be very familiar and very strange at the same time. Thus art in its best sense.”
(Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, curator)

Roberto Musanti
Duration: 00:03:30

Microkosmos by Roberto MusantiThe idea of this video born from the desire to translate into this specifical media the original project of the homonymous multimedial interactive installation Microkosmos.
As the original project and as the title say, Microkosmos is a small universe in which strange and bizarre creatures swim, encounters and clashes, being born and dying.
The distinction of being partly driven by man, and partly driven by algorithms, gives to this creatures the disturbing status between mechanical and organic.
While in the original istallation were the same creatures movements to generate sound, in the video the audio part is completely rebuilt alternating synchronous and out of sync sounds with the movements of the images.

Roberto Musanti, born in Cagliari (Italy), electronic musician and media artist, graduated in “Electronic Music” and “Music and new technolgies” it is taken care of computer music from the first eighties like scholar and composer, at the moment he is contract teacher of DSP laboratory at the Conservatorio di Musica “P.Palestrina” of Cagliari.

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