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Video and Performance

story © Michael Betancourt | published April 3, 2004 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

Why is it that when video gets used as part of a larger show, it rarely plays a role greater than that of wallpaper--a visual enhancement to "enliven" the performance, rather than being allowed to play a role in the way that any other "performer" does?




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IMHO 11: Media Mythos

story © Michael Betancourt | published November 9, 2003 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

repost from The Miami Art Exchange

After more than a century of gradual development we have arrived at a point in time where all our desires, interests, beliefs, and thoughts are carefully tallied and counted through polls and marketing analysis to better sell us anything that we might happen to have a passing fancy for. This situation has resulted in a simultaneous creation and destruction within our collective psyches. The past has become as much a close world as it is a world before. The meaning which invested itself in all aspects of our arranged human world are now as meaningless as stones. We do not exist with the density of meaning which invested the worlds of our ancestors. This is what we have lost, destroyed by the need of manufacturing and consumption to always provide new goods, new services, even if these goods and services are themselves unnecessary, or even wasteful, of our lives and our money. The goods are produced, so there must be a market for them, consumers willing and able to pass over their currency for whatever thing it is that is sold.




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Four Trajectories out of Realism

story © Michael Betancourt | published January 30, 2002 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

1. Imitative (creation of mimetic illusion)

2. Deformative (painterly motion in Bacon)

3. Transformative (paranoiac-criticism, metamorphic images, based in perceptual recognition)

4. Simulation (where the image becomes the thing imaged)






 
Notes for Essays on Inconsistency

story © Michael Betancourt | published December 19, 2001 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



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Video is Dead, Long Live Video!

story © Michael Betancourt | published September 28, 1999 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: AESTHETICS

Let's begin with a statement so absurd, so against the grain of common knowledge that it will require some discussion to explain what is meant by it: "Video is a dead medium." Ridiculous. Impossible! Video is everywhere.... The technology we call video has been replaced by a newer technology with a higher degree of control over the image, a slightly different characteristic curve, and sharper images. Incidentally -- and not accidentally -- we call this new technology "video." There is a high degree of overlap between the two.




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