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Fashion Video Cameras!

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 3, 2008 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

This Stainless Steel Camera is a sign of the future: the divide between professional and consumer, instead of gradually going away, is going to become ever wider and more obvious. The professional equipment will record high-quality, ready-to-edit footage, and consumer devices will be more concerned with their fashion-sense than with the ability to control the quality or do much with the finished footage. I'm not surprised by this development: it makes sense if you want to gradually eliminate the consumer-as-producer, just gradually do away with consumer tools that are as good as the professional ones.






 

On The Death of VHS & Analog Media

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 30, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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VHS tapes were the first genuinely popular, available to the masses media format. So much happened with VHS (and BETA, too) that it is easy to misunderstand what its death means for us: the replacement of VHS with digital alternativesalternatives that change the balance from what the people using the tapes want to do with their technology to that they are allowed to do with it.




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Be The Decider!

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 4, 2006 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Show the world who's really in charge here: Be the Decider! This t-shirt was inspired by the (continued) popularity of my short movie from 2004, W.






 

Novelty TVs

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 30, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit

The idea of TV as sculpture isn't a new one, and if you go looking at department stores, chances are you will see a few novelty sets. Hannspree is a company devoted to LCD TVs are sculptural fashion accessories. It was inevitable, I guess.






 

DNA points to suspects in death of Art Basel Festival Miami Beach

story © Anonymous | published August 5, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Police say the group, who are being pursued at this time, stabbed the festival in the back and tortured its owner to death on December 5th, 2003.

By Eddie S. Brown
Related Channel 7 News video



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Why Hollywood's Profits are Falling

story © Michael Betancourt | published July 16, 2005 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



CultureCrit
Marginal Revolution has a great explanation of what's hurting Hollywood's bottom line--and it isn't piracy. It's the success of DVDs, better TVs and how much it's now costing to make the increasingly throw-away formula movies Hollywood serves up.




 

White Cube vs Black Box Exhibitions

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 28, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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In 2002, Shortfilm.de ran a pair of articles [1][2] comparing the Black Box and While Cube models for exhibiting film & video. Interesting analysis, esp. in light of the current ways that white cube video is developing into a subgenre of Academic-syle painting.






 

Experimental Film MA Program?

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 21, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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While an MA program [.pdf] focusing on experimental film may sound like a good idea, I don't think that it necessarily is: the description claims "students will produce two or three major pieces of experimental film work." This is absurd for an academic program to demand, since such films rarely (if ever) are a product of an academic approach. After all, academic approaches are necessarily conservative, based on maintaining and transfering established forms and traditions--something antithetical to the whole concept of experimentation. But this is what I would expect of any school that lumps together art and fashion.






 

MIAMI UNSEEN

story © Rey Parla | published December 5, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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I went to the Art Basel convention center exhibition on Saturday. I was standing in line when suddenly luck strikes me, or was it, an interesting woman, maybe a French collector, tapped me on the shoulder and says here, I am leaving, this is your permanent pass!




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Ed Ackerman's Question

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 21, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Ed Ackerman's article from 1988 asks:

"Get a day job. Make films with Arts Council Money. An experimental film cannot pay for itself." Is this fact true?