Third Assignment

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art

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Preeminent video artist Bill Viola in Melbourne for MIAF

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art

Bill Viola was recently in Melbourne as a feature arts of the Melbourne International Arts Festival (MIAF). Viola, who is American, was one of the earliest artists to work with video, a medium that fascinated him ever sine it became widely available, which it was in his early years of art school in New York. Viola is predominantly concerned with time, his works consistently slow time down, and inherently are also concerned with life, and what comes after and what comes before.

Bill Viola, The Raft, 2004. Photo: Kira Perov

A wonderful interview with Voila can be downloaded as a postcast from ABC Radio National.

Re-launch of, and online contemporary moving image museum

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art, an online museum of contemporary moving image artworks, was relaunched earlier this month and is again dedicating itself to showcasing emerging artists working in film and moving image as well as more established contemporary artists from around the world. is the first online museum I have come across so far and it is an interesting experiment. The museum requires audiences to sign-up by entering your email address and password – its free – before you are able to view some parts of it, such as the well resourced online library of writing and links. Some works are available for you to view prior to signing up.

Second Assignment

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art

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YouTubePlay – The Guggenhiem gets it video on

Posted in Uncategorized on October 10, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art

In July this year, The Guggenheim Museum: A Biennial of Creative Video Art, put a call out to artists working in video and digital media to submit artworks to YouTubePlay, an online exhibition of screen works in conjunction with YouTube and HP. On it’s website the Guggenheim says that it is looking for not what is contemporary art but what is next. YouTubePlay is a wonderful initiative by one of the world’s biggest modern and contemporary museums, although it did feel a little bit like YouTubePlay was an attempt to play catch-up with emerging artists who had been working online and in screen-based works for a long time (and reminded me of the New Museum’s Younger Than Jesus exhibition in 2009 which put out a call to artists and then published a phone book directory of all the submissions that were received…it was hard to see a curatorial eye, although this is another debate). At the end of last month, 25 artists were nominated to YouTubePlay’s shortlist, narrowed down from 25,000 submissions, and Melbourne artist was nominated for his work Lucky, a vibrant and cheeky video that zooms through Melbourne’s streets and alleyways alluding to Melbourne’s graffiti culture.

Electro Fringe’s Electro_Online 2010: Samuel Bruce’s favourite internet art

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art

Sydney artist Samuel Bruce has curated Electro_Online 2o10 as part of Electrofringe, Australia’s electronic arts fringe festival currently happening in Newcastle, NSW right now (I was there!). Bruce curated Electro_Online, which is available to all to view online and is essentially a blog hosted by Bruce, mainly to highlight to some festival goers, a number of projects that artists working online have been producing recently. Some of the work, like Jason Poland’s Every Person in New York, uses the web as a platform to display their art, which has been created in the more traditional way using pen and paper (Every Person in New York is Poland’s attempt to sketch every person in New York, his quick sketches are posted online), whilst others like Eric Fischers’ The Geotaggers’ World Atlas is a work that has users webusers, in particular Flickr users who tag the location of photos they take, content to create what look like geo-thermo maps of people’s movement through cities. Patrick Lidell’s I Am Sitting In A Room deliberatly deconstructs the usefulness of web-tools like YouTube when he posts a video of himself on YouTube, downloads it, and posts it again – 1000 times – until the sound of the clip and his voice become unrecognisable. The last work I will mention, and there are others posted on Bruce’s blog is Warren Armstrong’s Twitterphonicon which is an artwork that has been built (coded) so that when you post the Twitter hash tag #twitphon or #haiku your tweet will be played back to you musically.

I was very impressed with the works and artists sourced by Bruce. It has shown me many new artists and pages. Whilst I was at Electrofringe, I went to a talk hosted by Bruce in which he spoke about the works and curating the blog. Interestingly he noted that most of the content he found was through his RSS feed and through links sent to him.

And just a little plug for Samuel Bruce, I also saw his work Endurance Karaoke: Can’t Stand Losing You in which the artist sings chorus of The Police’s song I Can’t Stand Losing You continually until his equipment breaks down. It was quite outstanding, but also very humorous and a reminder that things needn’t be too complicated all the time, sometimes it is just our bodies and minds that we need.

Smallest stop-motion animation filmed on a smart phone

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2010 by Phenomenal Media Art

Dot, Directed by Ed Patterson and Will Studd