Category: art

Control and Forgiveness

I’ve been speaking mostly of control in terms of the individual leader-artist heroically controlling external reality – in filmmaking this takes place through the massive expenditure of resources, deployment of specialized technology, and employment of hierarchical management structures to create a seamless and glossy audiovisual faux-reality, covering the messy organic reality underneath. This is performed with tools ranging from massive amounts of…

“The Phenomenon of Popularity”

But there’s an extra phenomenon that arises from major releases—the phenomenon of popularity. The very fact that a movie captures the interest of millions of viewers is a mark of its makers’ creativity. Popular success is no random flick of the finger of fate, but the result of a combination of ability and acumen—which, however, isn’t the same thing as…

Monument Time : Tourist Time

Footage from the Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota, where my MFA Thesis Project was installed. The piece consists of digital scans of four films created with a pinhole camera, each one about a six minute loop, projected onto screens nine feet tall, with no sound. If you’re interested in seeing the full films individually in quicktime format, let me know…

Every Frame a Painting

I want to be clear: I love the art and the craft of cinema. I’m fascinated by the social and political dynamics that surround it – how films are created and consumed – but at the heart of all that, because of it or in spite of it, a well-made, beautiful film is still a precious thing to me. This…

Macro-Cinema is Dead…

…Long live Microcinema! I just went to see Selma, which is a really excellent film, about important historical figures, making important decisions and doing important things. I don’t see many of them, these days, though they’re certainly still out there – also this year we had the one about Stephen Hawking, and the one about the Turing guy breaking codes…

Leisure and Privilege

As Apple prepares to release the iWatch, which promises to blend aspects of conspicuous glamour-tech consumption and the metrics of the “quantified self” movement in daring new ways (I don’t know all the details, but it will make it possible to track things like steps and heart rate continuously and fashionably for the first time…), I have heard more discussion than…

Art and Politics

To change what Rancière calls the “cartography of the perceptible, thinkable, and the feasible,” art must maintain its distance, a withdrawal from any clearly defined political agenda. Only under the auspices of such aesthetic separation can art’s politics unfold, a politics which, in Rancière’s sense, has the potential to “reframe the given by inventing new ways of making sense of…

Re-Printed

(digitally) …by The Line Media! And I heard, incidentally, that the essay on Minnesota Playlist has been viewed over 1000 times, with an average page visit of 7 minutes – which is a lot of time for anyone to spend in one place on the internet. Some people have been very positive about the piece, some people have made comments…