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Online Channel

The creation of the web has accelerated the popularity and consumption of video. The Online Channel is a selection of videos carried out through a call for submissions, where we explore the different approaches that contemporary artists take when working with video and the web. This is the beginning of an investigation on online video that our organization is carrying out, starting an overview of the presence of videoart on the web.

Many of the artists selected in Videophagy seem to share a preoccupation with the element of change, and the surprise, nostalgia or disconnection that it can create. The changes that technology brings seem to reflect the fast pace of the contemporary world. Our stability regarding who we are as subjects is influenced by communication networks and our relationship with our environment, which is in constant flux. The works are full of contradictions: old and new, intimate and global, connected and disjointed, physical and virtual.


Gregory Chatonsky, Camilo Cogua Rodriguez - Video Red, Antonio Mendoza, Osvaldo Cibils, Mateo Rudas Vásquez, Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn, MUTO, Biying Zhang, Rosa Menkman, Stefan Riebel, Shashwati Talukdar, Derek Larson, Nicholas Fraser, Sincita, Jody Zellen, Richard Jochum and Ian Flitman

Vimeo Channel

The videos that are featured in this section change over time to explore connections that might create new meanings. These projects use programming strategies to reside on the web, interacting with data that comes from the users or from other systems, resulting in recombinant forms or allowing for collaboration in the creation of its images.

Circulation by Gregory Chatonsky constructs a lover’s discourse based on Yahoo RSS feeds of the flow of traffic, reflecting on how our conception of intimacy is affected by our technologies. Videored, developed by a team at Javeriana University in Colombia, creates links between video and audio materials in order to facilitate a collective creation. Antonio Mendoza’s Triptych.TV experiments formally with new ways to present videos on the Internet. The Blackest Spot takes media-generated representations of contemporary and historic cities as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations. The People is open to user combinations of image, voiceover soundtracks, atmosphere and music, reflecting on the relationship between sound and image.

These projects are not included in the Vimeo Channel, but we are instead providing the links to the addresses of the artists that host them

Gregory Chatonsky

In a city, cars roll, stop, slow down. There are accidents and road work. In this city, there is a man and a woman who have never met, who will fall in love, will separate, will find each other again. They speak endlessly of what should continue and what should end. What they say is the exact translation of traffic flow.

A software recovers Yahoo RSS feeds that follow the flow of traffic in different cities. The information is fragmented and analyzed based on a list of keywords derived from 7424 video sequences. This creates a montage that reflects the real state of circulation.

Inspired by J.G. Ballard, Circulation elaborates a parallel between lover’s discourse and the flow of cars, because this has changed our notions of intimacy and our imagination. Everything happens as if the dialogue between man and woman were becoming permeable to a series of outside events, following a counter-intuitive hypersensitivity. The unpredictable fluctuations of a meeting, of love, of separation, and of sadness, are products of an arbitrary translation. The dialogue between lovers is never-ending and variable, it escapes coherence because traffic circulation never ends.

Universidad Javeriana

La plataforma VideoRed es el resultado del proyecto de investigación VideoRed: Hacia la Creación Colectiva de Video en Internet co-financiado por la beca ¨ Apoyo a Proyectos de Investigación en Educación Virtual¨ del Banco Santander.

La plataforma tiene como objetivo establecer vínculos entre piezas de video y/o audio participando en la construcción de narraciones colectivas. Por ello, alentamos a las personas interesadas a participar activamente en comunidad, desarrollando sus propias piezas  sonoras y visuales, o adaptando otras contenidas en la plataforma.

Adicional a la participación dispuesta en la interfaz, es posible participar con propuestas metodológicas para la producción de piezas de video como talleres y ejercicios en grupo. Como también es posible hacer parte del proyecto con la propuestas y realización de propuestas gráficas para el material audiovisual contenido en la plataforma. Si es de su interés participar con metodologías o representaciones gráficas, póngase en contacto con nosotros a videored01@gmail.com

Antonio Mendoza

It’s a very frenetic collage of flashing images, graphics, and lots of skulls and assorted voices. The blaring sounds paired with the pictures reminded us of a mixture of very obnoxious video game noises. The word triptych meant three and this net art included all of the following: “A set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.” I thought the art was very hypnotic and chaotic. After downloading, I had to keep reminding myself to breathe.


The Blackest Spot
Jody Zellen

Text from Elias Canetti's Crowds and Power combined with urban imagery that condenses in the Blackest Spot

The People
Ian Flitman

50 people listen to 'The People' by WB Yeats on a London street. Choose who listens and the soundtrack of voiceover, music and atmosphere they listen to.

In The People I have reconstructed film audio through the component parts of atmosphere, music and voiceover soundtracks. They, along with the image they temporarily serve, are open to user combinations through an interface. In this way, the very contingent mechanics of sound in film and our responses to it are laid bare. The multifarious combinations do not offer us the terra firma of a soundtrack firmly grounding the image. Instead we see how the ear selects, experiments and dictates to the eye.

From the nostalgia of obsolete technologies to the question of the new subject in the global economy, the artists in these videos appeal to movements of losing and recovering from different perspectives, to cope with changes and to imagine another kind of identity amidst the global contemporary world. Biying Zhang, in his video China 2010, explores how the change of Guangzhou city brought about by the Asian games affects its people’s daily life. Israeli Pamplemousse, by Heidi Neubauer-Winterburn reflects on the politics of production and consumption of goods. Slow Afternoon: Taipei Station (2010), shows the movement of the flux of migration, in a play of change and permanence. Osvaldo Cibils, in Multimedia Head, attaches digital gadgets and communication devices to his head, obscuring his facial features. In Obituary of Pal, Rosa Menkman experiments with the video signal to reflect on changes in the technological support of video. Measurements: Burn by Derek Larson, establishes a juxtaposition of things and their concepts as a play of the real and the virtual. Sincita, by Fabricio Ciazza Faca, reflect on the web and the construction of reality. Untitled 44 by Stefan Riebel, inserted in this context, seems to reflect on the need for speed and information by working with a minimal approach. Mapping Project #3, by Nicholas Fraser, questions the concepts and maps by which we describe reality. In Gravé, Mateo Rudas uses video to destabilize perception.
CHINA 2010
by Biying Zhang
Duration: 4:02 minutes

The 16th Asian Games will be held in Guangzhou, China in November 2010. Guangzhou will be the second city in China to host the games after Beijing in 1990. This year will be the largest Asian Games ever. The film documents one-day activity of a housewife in the city going through different site of the neighborhood. It explores how the change of Guangzhou city effects its people daily life. The camera goes behind the publicly exposed scenes of this competition, revealing the disruptions and environmental transformations of redevelopment and reconstruction in Guangzhou prior to this important yet short-lived pan-Asian event. The China government values their globe image by their physical appearance of a host city to a very high degree. They want to transform the old city to a modern international urban city to show their powerful economic status to the world. In fact the world are seeing the humanity issue is getting intense that Chinese local people are not enjoying their lives when they going through physical and mental suffering at their hometown. While the event itself is publicly celebrated as a symbol of harmony within and between the countries of Asia, the spectacle of an esteemed presentation takes propriety over the domain of inhabitants and the security a stable, known urban environment.

Multimedia Head
by Osvaldo Cibils.
Duration: 5 minutes

Multimedia Head. video live performance. first version. selfportrait action-home with objects. objects: human head (osvaldo cibils) - USB key (74 files: 34 drawings, 12 photos, 1 video and 27 noise sounds) - cassette (music by POLE) - cellular phone (15 contacts) - philosophical book (Systématique ouverte by Kostas Axelos) - photo camera - mathematical calculator - cd Rom (one arquitectural project by Fiorella Alberti) - adhesive tape.

Obituary of PAL :: Prologue and Eulogy
by Rosa Menkman
Duration: 10:23 minutes

I recommend watching this with headphones (louder!)!
Render of part one of the Collapse of PAL (Eulogy, Obsequies and Requiem for the blue plains of phosphor). As performed at TV-TV on the 25th of May 2010, Copenhagen, DK. The video work is based on analogue signal, compressions, glitches and feedback artifacts in sound and video.

For this part of the 30 minutes video, I used a NES, some image bending and a broken photo camera (CCD chip is loose) &&. For the sound I used a cracklebox, feedback, a telephone and a couple of DV-compressed videobends.

In "The Collapse of PAL" (Eulogy, Obsequies and Requiem for the planes of blue phosphor), the Angel of History (as described by Walter Benjamin) reflects on the PAL signal and its termination. She concludes that in the end, the signal still exists as a trace left upon the newer "better" technologies. PAL can, even though the technology is terminated, be found here, as a historical form that newer technologies inherited and appropriated.
The Angel also realizes that the new technologies that have taken over PAL are differently yet similarly flawed as PAL.

Measurement: Burn
by Derek Larson
Duration: 1:52 minutes

Part I of the Measurement series; displaying approximate measurements in video space in reference to Mel Bochner's 1969 piece, Measurement: Shadow.

“It was in the Measurements in 1969 that I found a vehicle to express some of the things I had been thinking about. That was the work in which conception and perception cut across each other. The Measurements were about occupying real space and yet seeing it as an idea... In these installations you experience the physical space of the room and you experience a conception of that space... That led to certain theoretical questions...how can the space, or how can the world, contain an idea about itself? How can the two things overlap? Where are the boundaries?” -Building a Language, Mel Bochner: 1973-1985

Untitled # 44
by Stefan Riebel
Duration: 1:00 minutes

Since 2007 I am working on a sequence of short movies. They are designed to fit into public space, in festival programs or on the internet. All of them are based on simple text animations and inform about fictional or real circumstances, demand different actions and sharpen the viewers awareness for significant details of the surrounding they are shown in. All these movies focus on the interaction of the audience and the information provided through the moving image.

I understand these movies as a possibility of an apparative extension to my performative work. They offer an interesting way of interaction within very short but clearly defined times apart from the artist.

Currently the sequence consists of 60 videos. Some of them can be seen here further down this page.

by Mateo Rudas
Duration: 4:29 minutes

Nuestra percepción como espectadores, dominada por el conocimiento y la aceptación de datos proporcionados por los sentidos puede ser alterada al enfrentarla a hechos, desenlaces y movimientos imprevistos y "anormales". Gravé muestra tres acciones cuyos desenlaces no corresponden al efecto real de la fuerza de gravedad sobre los cuerpos.

En cada una de las acciones busco desestabilizar las nociones construidas alrededor de la fuerza de gravedad, partiendo de tres operaciones de edición digital: ralentización, detención y rotación de la imagen. Manipulación digital del video para resignificar y ampliar elementos de la realidad ante los que pasamos desapercibidos (la caída un globo de aire, la inclinación del suelo que pisamos o la manera en que rebota un balón) proyectando las posibilidades seonsoriales del cuerpo  más allá de su estricta gravitación.

Israeli Pamplemousse
by Reel Aesthete
Duration: 2:27 minutes

What are you allowed to buy? What are the political implications of the choices you make each day...? Do they matter...?

The text:
I wake to the sound of wind bending glass near my head. I tell myself the glass is strong. It won't shatter. And roll over. The sound of wind, rain, more wind. There's shopping to be done. Itry to make a list: eggs, milk, cheese, cream...but if it was just up to me I wouldn't go out on days like this...You say: i like walking with you. I say: i like walking alone. (because it's the truth) You say: you're kinda being a bitch. And I am, and I know it, and so I stop...

Taipei Station Slow Afternoon
by Shashwati Talukdar
Duration: 1:02 minutes

I spent an afternoon at the Taipei train station with my i-phone. It was a slow, leisurely afternoon for me, but not for the people who had places to go. I love having the luxury of being stationary in a place where everyone else is compelled to move.

This is a little animation I made using my i-phone, a gag software called Hipstamatic and FCP. The music is by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com.

Sincita Video
by Fabricio Ciazza Faca
Duration: 1:22 minutes

Qué Es Sincita? Traslado textos que circulan en internet a otros espacios. Son fragmentos de pensamientos en torno a la construcción de realidad en la web 2.0. A esos textos los rotulo, sobre diversos soporte, para instalarlos en espacios públicos, propiciando el encuentro ocasional con quienes transitan por dichos lugares.

El objetivo de Sincita es tomar prestado formas y textos producidos para internet e instralarlos el mundo físico generando nuevos sentidos.

Mapping Project #3
by Nicholas Fraser
Duration: 20:12 minutes

A pair of hands patiently and methodically stacks tiny state shaped pieces of white paper into a map of the US.

As the map builds, the cohesiveness and accuracy of the map declines until it begins falling out of the tightly framed shot. The hands persist until the map falls out of the frame.