If you’re a fan of all things weird in film and you’ve never heard of Something Weird Video, you should probably get acquainted with their work. Since 1990, they’ve been distributing some of the best and worst exploitation films from the 60s and 70s. And now the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world AKA Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive is teaming up with Something Weird in order to preserve some of the sleaziest mid-century films out there. The first wave of films will be transferred at 4K resolution and get distribution to home video and theaters next year! Each release will feature not only the main film but also B-side bonus features and goodies such as trailers and commentary by filmmakers. If you’re a grindhouse, drive-in, exploitation, or cult film fan or just have a general appreciation for the totally bizarre and sleazy, head over to A.V. Club to read up on more of the preservation initiative!
Naomi Vona, an Italian artist living in London, creates whimsical handmade collages out of vintage and found images. Considering herself a “photo and video archival parasite”, even the most devoted media archivist can’t really complain when they see her work. Drawing what she calls “portals” on items like old vinyl LP covers, her art allows you to travel through time by recontextualizing the original work and creating something totally new. Read here to see a gallery of some of her most inspiring vintage manipulations of the past.
While developments in the digital video synth world are making leaps and bounds, we can’t forget the fun of playing around with analog systems. Melbourne-based animator & sound designer, Robert Jordan, still sees the demand and has created a new Video Equation system that allows users to create all kinds of twisting colors, shapes and patterns. Jordan’s goal was to create a visual instrument that people could think of as a sort of video drum machine. The system uses math to create, as Jordan says, “rippling lo-fi seas of color, acid trip roguelikes, glitching fractals, visions of an 80s techno dream and worlds of crashing computer programs.” Interested? Read more about the project here and be sure to check out the Video Equations Kickstarter.
Hey, it's Easter! Spring is officially here, as is the Easter bunny and (hopefully) lots of chocolate! Curious about the assorted histories behind the art of the easter egg? Sit back with some peeps and read up on the history of the Ukranian pysanky, an egg decorated using a delicate, traditional method involving a stylus and wax.
With an interest in city architecture as a form of art, filmmaker Richard Bentley also has a penchant for working with time-lapses. In his trippy new video, Sometimes I See Faces, he combines these two interests by using mirroring and liquid likes effects to explore symmetry and transformation. The faces he says he sometimes sees in architecture are there in the video, glowing and brought to life with cities in motion. It's like symmetrical time-lapse impressionism…some type of strange new artform in itself. Bentley stated all images are from Dubai and were edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Maybe this will force us to look at cities a little bit differently. Do you see the faces?? Read here for more on his process!
Augmented reality is a tech that seeks to combine the real and not-real in a way that can being the user into a whole new world. The one major drawback to this tech is that it always requires special hardware, such as VR headsets. However, some pretty cool people just posted a tutorial on Instructables explaining step by step how make your own augmented reality book….with no glasses or apps or anything special needed to experience the effect! The whole setup involves a projector, a Kinect 360, video mapping, tracking software...as well as some pretty serious coding. Be warned, it’s not for the everyday hobby! Read more about the tech here and watch their video to see how it looks!
Kaleidoscope is one of the world’s largest and most active communities for virtual reality creators. The news is that they have just officially announced their 2016 Kaleidoscope World Tour, an international festival tour that will showcase all the best in virtual reality film, art, and interactive, immersive experiences. Starting off in Paris, the festival will travel across different parts of the world, including London, Amsterdam, Cologne, Berlin, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Melbourne, Pangyo, and Tokyo. Unfortunately no U.S. dates at this time! If you’re going to be in one of those lucky cities or if you’re just interested in what’s going on in the VR community, be sure to check out the dates, locations and full line up of the festival over at Indiewire.
Using 16mm film stock and a projector, Ross Hogg's award-winning scratch film "Scribbledub" explores the complicated yet necessary relationship that is formed between sound and image. By painting and scratching directly on film, this experimental form of animation also shows the complexity of film as a medium and as a form of alternative media.As the filmmaker states, "the scribble creates the dub, the dub informs the scribble". If you're a fan of scratch films or animation in general, definitely be sure to check out Ross Hogg's work here!
Shadow Art from Tim Noble & Sue Webster is something we marvel at over on IndieStreet. Their photos tell stories, but more about the story of their art's creation than the story of their shadowy but meaningful subjects. This photo, DIRTY WHITE TRASH (WITH GULLS) from 1998 took them 6 months' worth of trash, 2 taxidermy seagulls, and a light projector. Street Creds!
Sticking with an ever-growing trend of artists moving toward temporary or perishable media, Andres Amador introduces his own unique medium. Living in San Francisco, the artist uses the beach at low-tide as his canvas, allowing him to uplift contrasting sand colors to reveal his captivating designs.
Collaborating with both nature and time, Andy Goldsworthy creates amazing spectacles of natural expression that are by nature disposable at some point in their own existence. In his words he takes each of his works "to the very edge of its own collapse." Photography hardcovers and a movie (Rivers & Tides) on his work can be purchased at Amazon.