Short films about flying

Thomson, J. and Craighead, A. (2007) Short films about flying. [Show/Exhibition]

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Online artwork which streams web-cam images live from the Internet and re-mixes them into disjointed narrative sequences, thereby producing cinema as a 'found object' made entirely of live material streamed from the internet. ‘Short Films about Flying’ is an online film which explores how a cinematic work can be generated using live material from the internet. The work is driven by software that takes surveillance video from a live camera feed at Logan Airport, Boston, and combines this with randomly grabbed audio from the web and texts taken from websites, chat rooms, message boards etc. This results in an endless open edition of unique cinematic works in real-time. By combining the language of cinema with global real-time data technologies, this work is one of the first new media artworks to re-imagine the internet in a different sensory form as a cinematic space. ‘Short Films about Flying’ was developed over the course of a year in collaboration with Jon Thomson (Slade) to explore how the concept of the found object can be re-conceptualised as the found data stream. It has informed other research by Craighead and Thomson, such as the web project, and began an examination into relationships between montage and live virtual data –an early example of which would be ‘Flat Earth’, an animated work developed for Channel 4 in 2007, with the production company Animate. This piece has been cited in discussions on new media art, as a significant example of artworks using a database as their determining structure. It was acquired for the Arts Council Collection and has continuously toured significant international venues over the last 4 years. Citations include:’ Time and Technology’ by Charlie Gere (2006); 'The Wrong Categories' by Kris Cohen (2006); 'Networked Art - Practices and Positions' edited by Tom Corby (Routledge 2005) and Grayson Perry in The Times (9.8.06).

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Also shown at The New Museum, 'The Passage of Mirage - Illusory Virtual Object', New York (14th September - 16th October 2004); Walter Phillips Gallery, 'Database Imaginary' Banff Canada and Canadian Tour (14th November 2004 - 11th January 2005); Kunsthaus Dresden, A 'Retrospective of British Media Art', (10th -19th November 2006).
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
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Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 16:44
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 11:15

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