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Kill Your Television

Kill Your Television is a site with a collection of videos ranging from experimental, documentary, tactical media, art and more. visit for more information

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20060205 Auckland drive

Ever been on a drive where the countryside is so beautiful it's hard to pick the most beautiful part of it. I took some video - the collage doesn't do the day justice but perhaps gives some idea. There was so much to look at I had to choose some of the finer details to concentrate on.

This video was created in eZedia QTI for Windows. I'm trying out the software - you can add interactive components but for this example I didn't. I just left it simple. There's a limit to 5 objects on the trial version as well so I couldn't fit any more objects in without going over save/export limit! The only thing I don't like about it is that I need to host the videos locally (at least all together on another site of mine) instead of using a remote site such as Which means if I use this technique again, I'll need to use smaller video files and loop them. Hopefully this doesn't make my site go over bandwidth - it's only a very small webspace. Oh well. See how it goes.

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Nam June Paik

..a work from 1973 called A New Design for TV Chair. In it, Paik appropriated an image from a 1940s popular-science magazine that depicts the home viewer of the future watching television. Television had already become a monopolistic industry that was a conduit for advertising, a "communication" industry that operated on a one-way street of information. But in A New Design for TV Chair, Paik posited his own questions to project an alternative future for television:


How soonTV-chair will be available in most museums? How soon artists will have their ownTV channels? How soon wall-to-wallTV for video art will be installed in most homes?

Paik envisioned a different television, a "global groove" of artists' expressions seen as part of an "electronic superhighway" that would be open and free to everyone.The multiple forms of video that Paik developed can be interpreted as an expression of an open medium able to flourish and grow through the imagination and participation of communities and individuals from around the world. Paik, along with many artists working as individuals and within collectives through the 1960s 14 and 1970s to create work for television as well as for alternative spaces, challenged the idea of television as a medium and domain exclusively controlled by a monopoly of broadcasters.


This piece, taken from Nam June Paik's website was written by John Hanhardt of the Guggenheim Museum. I think it's an apt description and I wonder if Nam June Paik would have been happy to see the recent videoblogging community and works becoming more popular on the internet.

Nam June Paik's studio announced over the weekend:

"Nam June Paik passed away at his Miami home at 8:00pm EST on Sunday, January 29th, 2006. Funeral information to be announced."

The Living Room

The Living Room Series III is a weekly 30-minute magazine style TV programme. It's about artists, musicians, filmmakers and other inspirational characters that operate away from established art institutions, record companies and production houses. Each show is made up of three or four different clips –one of the clips features a New Zealander living overseas and the remainder focuses on Kiwi's living in New Zealand. A different personality or artist hosts The Living Room each week from their own living space, giving the viewer a look at New Zealand's creative evolution through the eyes of its artists. There is no 'fame' prerequisite for people featured on The Living Room, just the ability to entertain and inspire. The Living Room lets the artists tell their own story. The Living Room series 1-3 were created by Sticky Pictures. read more or visit for more details

VIDFEST Announces Call for Entries - Interactive Design & Digital Film

Where is digital film and interactive design heading in the new year? VIDFEST (Vancouver International Digital Festival) has launched its call for entries to its 3rd annual competition to find out. VIDFEST is developing a reputation for bringing independent and creative producers together with big name digital entertainment and media companies like EA, Nokia, ABC, Warner, and Disney. Those who make the final cut and are selected for screening or exhibition at the festival enjoy full access to all the conference sessions, events, and parties. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2006. Entrants can submit in two areas: Digital Film : VIDFEST is looking for digitally produced shorts including: music videos, game sequences, animation, digital video; and Interactive Design : VIDFEST is looking for original, highly usable, and innovative websites in 4 categories: Business, Education, Entertainment, and Experimental/Art. More details and entry forms are available at

Alias Frequencies

Alias Frequencies are an Australian organization that promotes and publishes media art, with an emphasis on collage-based experimental electronic music. Their website includes information about the artists as well as excellent articles about the Sydney electronic / experimental music community and performance spaces. Artists in the collective include

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QTVR2MOV - quicktime VR to movie

Ian James Woods is a photographer who specialiases in 360 degree panorama images and creating Quicktime VR videos. He has exhibited work in many galleries in UK. The Apple quicktime VR site has links to software that can produce VR images. To create a video sequence from your QTVR movie, try QTVR2MOV - a simple to use application for creating video sequences from cubic or cylindrical QTVR panoramas. Visit the website to download a copy :

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_grau | robert seidel | d 2004 | 10:01 min | experimental film / tableaux vivants

_grau is a personal reflection on memories coming up during a car accident, where past events emerge, fuse, erode and finally vanish ethereally. various real sources where distorted, filtered and fitted into a sculptural structure to create not a plain abstract, but a very private snapshot of a whole life within its last seconds... The living paintings (Tableaux Vivants) of growing structures branch out over 10:01 minutes (a reference to the binary system by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, where he ascribes 1 to god and 0 to the devil) without ever reaching pure black or white respectively. Every element originates from real experiences and is adapted from my sketches, my own body fragments or scientific visualization methods. For example the first, still colored seconds are the prismatic halos of the collision fading into gray ("grau" in german)... The musical framework connects the memories born out of the dramatic moment to clusters. These are unleashed from the image flux partially - to ease the desired, free associations of the beholder... The Kunst Film Biennale judges assigned the movie _grau by robert seidel an honorary award at KunstFilmBiennale 2004, because of the technological mastership which is used to show never seen phenomena in the borderland of science and aesthetics. director, producer, animator: robert seidel. music: heiko tippelt, philipp hirsch. visit for more details or to download the video or purchase the dvd

dpwolf, quartz composer and electrofringe workshops

I went to 2005 electrofringe a few weeks ago in Newcastle, Australia. I haven't finished going over my notes or posting some of the links to the artist's projects, but one of the workshops I went to was on Quartz Composer hosted by dpwolf. The software runs on a MAC, which unfortunately I don't have. :( perhaps if we get a project bonus this year I might be able to save up for one so I can try the software (and also max / msp }. anyway, I also came across the name dpwolf on the videoblogging mail list and low and behold it's the same person. he seems to do some work with Adrian Miles, who does some great projects with video and interactive quicktime and media in general. small world. I'd love to do the course Adrian teaches but can't afford to give up work to do it fulltime. due to excessive work commitments, I had to drop the Internet Communication course I was doing at CQU. now that I've finally upgraded my (this) site and moving most of my projects online (so as not to be so dependant on my laptop in case of travelling without it), I'd like to experiment more with blogging, videoblogging, podcasting and digital art and music projects (in addition to listing other people's projects on the site), hence, why the blog posts here have now become more personal. I've been reading about and been across these media for a while but haven't had much time to play myself, so that's the goal for the next year (& hopefully continuing onwards).

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