At SITE Santa Fe, Landscapes Unsettled and in Motion
Pioneer of video art Juan Downey has a large chunk of real estate in Unsettled Landscapes. His work Video Trans America is a documentary-style, 14-channel film series exhibited on vintage television monitors, which are arranged on the outline of a map. The films were shot by Downey between 1973 and 1976, when he made three trips from New York to Texas and then zigzagged through Central and South America.Video Trans Americarepresents a kind of observational anthropology, looking at the inhabitants of each location with respect and reverence, the artist trying not to superimpose his own ideas and ideologies on their lives. Part art, part political and cultural activism, the piece asks the viewer to consider different points of view from different regions of the globe.
Anyone who makes videos, whether they’re churning them out 9–5 at a huge corporation or producing experimental video art in their basement, wants to produce something of quality. But we all know that when it comes to art, ‘quality’ is an amorphous concept. Inspired by Robert M. Pirsig’s seminal 1974 text, we decided to examine the Metaphysics of Quality when it comes to video storytelling. We chatted to Wipster CEO and Filmmaker Rollo Wenlock and Joey Dello Russo, in-house video producer at Asana, about how they achieve creative zen and make amazing videos.
Technology is used for communication, work and relaxation. The Society of Media Arts takes that one step further. Members of SOMA use technology as a way to express creativity, from video and performance to audio, said Allan Namiotkiewicz, president of the society.