Wednesday AFR Link update #1: Video/Media artists

29 Apr

Firstly, thanks to Emma McRae, ex experimenta curator now at ACMI, for selecting this list. Bloody made me write it up though, that was the hard bit. Oops, sounding ungrateful again.

Isaac Julien {link}

Of his video installations, I have only seen 3 screen work Baltimore, but i grew quite close to it after monitoring it in a gallery for about 3 months. A Beautiful and mysterious trip through three interesting buildings (the Walters Art Museum, the Contemporary Museum and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum) in John Waters’s home city of Baltimore.

Arlo Mountford {link}

A local (Melbourne) artist. From his website: “Arlo works primarily with large-scale interactive installations paired with sound, video and animation. His humorous and often sardonic approach explores art history and the contextual relationship between contemporary art practice and its perceived past.” He has a new show coming up at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, which i find quite inconvienient. Good one Arlo!


“Long Film for Four Projectors” (1974, 16mm film). Photograph © Henry Graber, 2003, courtesy the New Art Trust, San Francisco.

Anthony McCall {link}

Using light as a form of fluid sculpture, McCall is one of those rare artists who is both conceptually interesting and just nice on a simple level. At ACMI, we featured one of his works in the 2006 show Eyes, Lies and Illusions and it was a big hit. I liked to go in there and lie down. 

Ryoji Ikeda {link}

A Japanese sound artist who lives and works in New York City. Sometimes harsh, sometimes remarkably gentle, Ikeda’s music is concerned primarily with sound in a variety of “raw” states, such as sine tones and noise, often using frequencies at the edges of the range of human hearing. The conclusion of his album +/-features just such a tone; of it, Ikeda says “a high frequency sound is used that the listener becomes aware of only upon its disappearance” (from the CD booklet and Wikipedia). Also from Emma in a facebook conversation: “while he made a name for himself as the composer/sound artist working with Dumb Type (a Japanese performance group), Ikeda is now also well known for his minimal installations that explore the extremes of sensory perception through the simplicity of light, sound and data”

Craig Walsh {link}

Australian. From his website. “Primarily interested in hybrid / site-specific projects and the exploration of alternative contexts for contemporary art, his work often utilizes projection in response to existing environments and contexts. He has been working across a range of artforms including theatre, architecture, public works, gallery exhibitions and festivals.” That means he likes doing things outside and mixes different sorts of artforms and disciplines together. He works on a lot music festival art programs, which would be fun I think.

Granular Synthesis {link}

Immersive video installations that explore sight and sound in ways that would be good to look at, and maybe one day i’ll get to. If you look at the image below (‘Pol’) and move your monitor screen it has a strange reveal/disappear effect on the red heads. Or maybe its just my computer needs fixing. Can someone confirm this please. Poll at the end.

POL was commissioned by: Hull Time Based Arts, Hull GB.

POL was commissioned by: Hull Time Based Arts, Hull GB.

Cao Fei {link} {blog}

Sort of hyperreal and ‘flat’ art, Cao Fei does a lot of work in Second life under the psuedonym China Tracy. Here is a pretty magical and odd video of some fictitious architecture (Is it fictitious if it has been virtually created, is it now an actualised reality? hmm a can of worms). 

That’s all for now.


3 Responses to “Wednesday AFR Link update #1: Video/Media artists”

  1. Nick April 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm #

    So now I’ve been bending my monitor here and there and concluded that, yes, it does that a little bit. I’ll hazard that it’s unintentional. Otherwise it would be a somewhat awkward art installation (“you didn’t bring your monitor?”). Then again, aren’t they all?

    I liked Arlo Mountford’s stuff best but Isaac Julien’s photographs looked nice.

  2. Ronan Macewan May 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    Thanks for clearing that up. It was an accidental side effect, but i liked. Slight creepiness about it.

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