10 09/14
17:26

01 08/14
15:08

Harun Farocki 1944-2014

Tags: | Categories: art, Deutschland

This is another sad week. The German film and video artist Harun Farocki has passed away last Wednesday at the age of 70. The last work I saw of him was Serious Games at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin with Nelson Vergara. Farocki’s works in video were radical in form and with a strong socio-critical content. Farocki! we will remember you.

27 04/14
13:05

Television digital Terrestre Colombia

Tags: | Categories: Colombia, digital media

Anuncios, comerciales y apuntes técnicos sobre el apagón analogo y cambio a la television digital terrestre en Colombia.

Playlist.
Televisión terrestre digital II.
Para ver TV. Comisión Nacional de Televisión Colombia.
Televisión Digital para Todos. comercial de televisión. Colombia
¿Qué ha pasado con la TDT en Colombia? Huertas Castiblanco et. al. Corp. Uni. Minuto de Dios. 2010.
Todo lo que Vemos. Cápitulo 41. Señal Colombia. 29 Abril 2010.

21 04/14
19:39

Laboratorium mechanicum (1700)

Tags: , , | Categories: machine

The five vowels of the Christopher Polhem’s mechanical alphabet (1700), the lever, the wedge, the screw, the pulley, and the winch are but one example of the mechanistic order of knowledge during the 18th century. This alphabet is too the seed for the industrial age. A seed constituted of a set of discrete blocks that assembled in various forms generate endless mechanisms and machines either to mimic nature and to create new natures. These discrete elements are drawn from the alphabet and written culture. Ideas are broken down to sentences, words, and ultimately letters. The alphabet is the first component in the mechanisation of thought.

Taken from: http://www.greywolfspage.se/The%20Santa%20Claus%20Machine/SanClChapter07.html

This mechanical alphabet was used in teaching at the Laboratorium mechanicum – Sweden´s first school of technology

18 03/14
09:31

new dictionary entry: DIYer

Tags: | Categories: diseño, DIY

The noun DIY has got a new subentry in the Oxford English Dictionary: DIYer

DIYer (n.): A person who engages in do-it-yourself activities; an amateur (in construction, repair, etc.).

The OED offers two examples of its use:

  • The relentless DIY’er has recorded hundreds of his songs in a makeshift studio in his bedroom, where you can imagine him retreating from a frigid evening.
  • A do-it-yourselfer – or DIY’er – is allowed to do everything else, so the great Kiwi tradition of people being able to build their own homes has not been affected, at all.

04 03/14
10:45

Sampling

Some weeks ago, I was discussing the term sampling; it was of course in relation to electronic music. I’m not into sound or music and my take on the conversation was that sampling is part of visual media too. My argument is that taken as a three-dimensional object, the moving image needs to be sampled to be experienced. Two axes of the object are the spatial coordinates x and y, and the third axis is time. Thus, film samples the moving image in the time-axis at 24 images per second; analogue video and digital video add to the sampling the spatial coordinates. However, the reorganization of a particular beat or sequence of beats of music to produce a new composition, rhythm, or even musical genre has no counterpart in the moving image media. One could argue that the narration and even framing or images of a particular film of video are remixed producing thus new productions. This is done all the time in cinema and more conspicuously in T.V. spots. This however is different from sampling and follows the logic of remix and media quotation (remediation?). When there is a case of visual sampling it is the sound that creates the rhythm, not the moving image.

Visual sampling? Close your eyes and see if you miss the images.

MONDOVISION (official full version) from Giovanni Sample on Vimeo.

Earlier and most sampled beats in popular music.

20 02/14
22:22

Ghost in the Shell (1996)

Tags: | Categories: science fiction, video studies

What’s true for the group is also true for the individual. It’s simple: overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It’s slow death.

28 01/14
08:56

05 01/14
12:22

Portable Media: I carry therefore I produce

Portable Media: 10 January-7 March at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Georgenstraße 47. EG. Atrium. 10117 Berlin.

Super 8 film cartridge

This exhibition shows some of the results of the research project DIY and portable media for moving image production. A series of cameras and storage units, a historical examination of portable media, and three video productions are exhibited. Three presentations will take place during the exhibition. Two special guests, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schäffner and Prof. Dr. Frieder Nake, will discuss about media and algorithms. I will talk about the historical development of physical containers for moving images. Portable media emerge from the physical reduction of media supports and the compression of the storage formats into small machines and units. Focusing on the formats and storage units of small gauge film, consumer analogue video, and camera phones, this exhibition highlights the expansion of media carried everywhere and used at any moment.

Programme:

10 Jan 18:00 Opening

10 Jan 18:30 Wolfgang Schäffner. What is a Video? Media Revolutions of the Moving Image

3 Feb 18:30 Frieder Nake. On the Move – Image Algorithm

14 Feb 18:30 Ricardo Cedeño Montaña. Portable Storage: Chargers, Cartridges, Cassettes

17, 24, and 31 Jan 18:00 screening of Super 8 films.

website: http://media.hu-berlin.de/portablemedia

30 11/13
10:28

Surveillance made simple

A didactic explanation of how the age of ubiquitous surveillance functions. Nothing that wasn’t already in the program of the computer, though.






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