Category: writing

Liminal Cinema – Take Two

(Still working on the Artist Statement – I think this one makes a lot more sense.) Cinema is not movement. This is the first thing. Cinema is not movement. Cinema is a projection of stills–which means images which do not move–in a very quick rhythm. […]It can give the illusion of movement. Cinema is the quick projection of light impulses.…

The Cloud and the Underworld

I remember the first time somebody mentioned “The Cloud” to me, and I had to ask for clarification – it was early on in the era of wirelessness, and the idea that all of our data would automatically be syncing to storage on faraway servers seemed far in the future, though not unbelievable, to me. But I remember instantly appreciating…

Liminal Cinema

(Note: This is a draft of a current Artist Statement.) My current work is an ongoing exploration of liminality in media – as I understand it, the adjective liminal (from the latin “limen”) describes a threshold between states or spaces, usually ambiguous, unstable and disorienting. A lot of the technological development in the last 100-some years of cinema history has…

Light-Bender

When talking or writing about art, I always get hung up on the word “medium” – the plural of which is “media” – which of course means lots of different things in the world today. So whenever medium comes up in a conversation about moving image art there’s always a lot of explaining to do. In painting, the medium is…

Show Business

Apparently there is still no sustainable business model for independent filmmaking. I wrote about this very subject in 2010 for Minnesota Playlist – so I feel ahead of the curve… but I’ve seen several new articles and essays on the topic lately, which makes me wonder if something in the zeitgeist has shifted.

Rumors of the Death of Hollywood

Have been greatly exaggerated. (Thank you Mark Twain.) The motion picture CEOs aren’t stupid. While they may be hanging on tight to the old ways so that they can grab as much short-term cash as possible via top-down models that manipulate consumers by telling them what to buy, they know the ground under their feet is unstable. In order to survive…

The Concept of Articulation

Cinema is not movement. This is the first thing. Cinema is not movement. Cinema is a projection of stills­­which means images which do not move­­in a very quick rhythm. […]It can give the illusion of movement. Cinema is the quick projection of light impulses. These light impulses can be shaped when you put the film before the lamp­­on the screen…

The Camera as Instrument

In traditional American mainstream filmmaking, the camera and all of its accessories fall into the category of equipment – expensive technology, hauled around and operated by specialists. On a professional film crew, literally no-one is allowed to touch the camera, or anything associated with the camera (even the cases in which its components are stored) except members of the camera…

The Myth of the Magical City

In my 20s, I had several opportunities to live in Paris for various reasons. The last time, when I was 27, I had a job opportunity that I thought might convince me to stay, to move there permanently. But ultimately I came home after six months, deeply grateful to be back in frigid, hibernating Minneapolis in December. When people in…

Advertising Age

It seems to me that, in the endless discussion about the internet, privacy, and the profitability of companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and now Twitter, an important element is being skipped. I remember that when these companies were relatively new, the big question was usually about revenue: “okay, Facebook has 500 million users, but how are they going to make…