Mining the Cloud
A series of desktop documentaries
Thursday May 26, 7pm
81 Rupert St. Collingwood
Interval presents Mining the Cloud: a series of desktop documentaries by local and international artists.
Charting the multitude of the Internet through the desktop interface, these films and performances record the virtual as real, traversing landscapes that fall outside our visual circuits. From abandoned virtual realities to electronic dumping grounds of Ghana, this is the detritus of late capitalism in a time of rapid technological change.
The desktop documentary is an emerging practice drawing from the disciplines of ethnography, archaeology and contemporary art. Using desktop browsers as both lens and edit suite, these films and performances excavate artefacts from under the “cloud”. These artists respond to the human impulse to navigate, archive, interpret and ultimately control the world around us.
Lettres du Voyant by Louis Henderson (UK)
Lettres du Voyant is a documentary-fiction about spiritism and technology in contemporary Ghana that attempts to uncover some truths about a mysterious practice called “Sakawa” – internet scams mixed with voodoo magic. Tracing back the scammers’ stories to the times of Ghanaian independence, the film proposes Sakawa as a form of anti-neocolonial resistance.
All that is Solid by Louis Henderson (UK)
A technographic study of e-recycling and neo-colonial mining filmed in the Agbogbloshie electronic waste ground in Accra and illegal gold mines of Ghana. The video constructs a mise-en-abyme as critique in order to dispel the capitalist myth of the immateriality of new technology – thus revealing the mineral weight with which the Cloud is grounded to its earthly origins.
Utopia 1.0: Post Neo Futurist Capitalism in 3D! by Annie Berman (US)
A first-person expedition to Second Life, the once thriving virtual 3D online world, in search of what remains. Given the invitation to come build anything imaginable, what is it that we chose to create?
A performance by Emile Zile (AU)
Emile Zile’s performances use new-age healing apps, YouTube monologues and algorithmic portraiture to create audio-visual meditations on augmented spirituality and networked representations of the self.
This beast of a live talk show is now embalmed on YouTube for all interested parties to witness, both now and into the future. I think I did an ok job as a co-host but I am not game enough to watch the whole show again just yet. Shout outs to Sina and Harry Merry.
Mediamatic Amsterdam 14 April 2011
Orginally screened at Lost and Found, Amsterdam’s long-running night of cultural oddities, video and storytelling hosted at the Theatrum Anatomicum.
I finished post-production on this video just as the Melbourne band embark on a string of dates in the U.S.A, including shows at SXSW. Try to see them if you are in that neck of the woods. They will be touring with the equally awesome Beaches.
An occular assault edit of no-input analog video effects, courtesy of an old panasonic a/v mixer. Triangles, hexagons courtesy of final cut pro. My extended attention span courtesy of espresso and licorice.
Vimeo alternative http://vimeo.com/9934856
(but it looks so much more electrifying on a bright tube monitor)
Official clip for ‘Forever’ by Love Of Diagrams taken from the album Nowhere Forever
Unstable Ape Records, Melbourne
dir. Emile Zile 2010
Wednesday night in Amsterdam, a selection of videos that inspire. Including Biggie Small’s funeral procession, Corey Delaney’s A Current Affair interview, Aum Shinrikyo Anime and John Kilduff’s Let’s Paint TV.
Coming Wednesday (the 27th) it’s time for the second Beam club hosted by De Verdieping.
This time Special guest Ben Cerveny (one of the inspirational fathers of www.flickr.com) Coralie Vogelaar and Emile Zile will show what truly inspires them in terms of movies, internet, YouTube, documentary fragments or otherwise.
Doors open at 20:30. Film starts at 21:00. Entrance is free.
Documentation of the live video and orchestra performance, March 21 at World Music and Dance Center in Rotterdam.
A late upload following recent activity, travel and shows. I found some time to go through a pile of unlabelled documentation dv tape from recent trips. Two performances included here, Marclay’s ‘Screenplay’ videoscore and Mengbo’s performative quake mod ‘Q2008’, recorded on hot, humid nights during last year’s E-Arts festival in Shanghai. These were highly enjoyable public open air concerts with grandparents, kids and media art enthusiasts congregating in the corner of a large public park, I have written about it in more detail here https://emilezile.com/?p=93