Tuesday, 11 September 2007

near Zlaté Piesky 2

Unlike Martin and I, two of the Kubikov 13 Summer Open Academy collaborative video performance participants Lyllie Sue and Maciej Ostaszewski, actually managed to escape the confines of the Zlaté Piesky area into central Bratislava where they captured images of architecture and people around the city. In performance they fashioned these into an increasingly abstracted study as the lines and structures of highways and office blocks become repeated line and grid systems. Here is documentation video of their performance (QuickTime Movie, 37Mb, 11' 38").

Viktor Fucek and Tomáš Benko, on the other hand, strayed hardly any further than the immediate surrounds of the workshop space but made a little go a long way neatly demonstrating how the everyday, the immediate and local – a chair, a tyre - can become fascinating through changing points of view. They constructed a tripod mount that allowed them to shoot the same moving subject simultaneously from different angles, resulting in some nice surprising overlapping twin screen action. Here is documentation video of their performance (QuickTime Movie, 32Mb, 13' 39").

Both performances were accompanied by specially devised live soundtracks from participants in the collaborative sound performance workshop.

5 comments:

ps said...

The little ballet between the chairs is particularly nice. Overall its interesting how in all the pieces ( all using two projectors?) there seems a very dystopian representataion of space and time - a modernist meta - materialist detachment emphasised by the asynchronous experimental sound - one does after a while begins to long for some whistling

Steven Ball said...

well of course everything is improved by a little whistle...
I'm not so sure that I would use the word 'dystopian' as this suggests a 'critique' that is somehow inscribed in the representation, although I do agree that there are elements of the soundtrack in Lyllie and Maciejs' piece, which might encourage a dystopian reading, it's a bit of a potential pitfall in any representation of urban space: modern architecture + spooky music = dystopia!

Also what you call the 'materialist' approach, could be as much a result of having to conceive and produce something that explores spatial concerns in a relatively short period of time - in many ways we were all doing this for the first time and in pairs, which might not be so conducive to a more subjective or immersive approach and also led to too much reliance on the image processing of software. But hey, it's a workshop, it's heuristic.

SAM RENSEIW said...

realy nice work. inspiring ! thanks for sharing...

here is an older piece of dystopic chairing to cover the subject of workshop heuristics:
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http://ia300130.us.archive.org/3/items/the_qualms_of_victor_Eremita/thequalmsofvictorE.mov

(from an ancient time, when vlog up-loads where tiny)

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