Short Films about Flying #1

Thomson, Jon
'Short Films about Flying #1' is a networked installation in which an open edition of unique cinematic works is automatically generated in the gallery, and in real-time from existing live data found on the world-wide web. Each 'movie' (replete with opening titles and end credits) combines a live video feed from Logan Airport in Boston with randomly loaded net radio sourced from elsewhere in the world. As this relatively good quality video stream is taken from an existing commercial website where its visitors are able to control the camera, each 'movie' is 'shot' and 'paced' by its own (albeit unsuspecting) camera person. Additionally, text grabbed from a variety of on-line message boards is periodically inserted, appearing like cinematic inter-titles when viewed in combination with all the other components. The result is a coherent yet evocative combination of elements that produce an endlessly mutating edition of low-tech mini-movies that we call, Template Cinema. Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead
  • Artwork Details:
  • Edition: 1 of 3 (offline version)
  • Material description: computer game
  • Credit line: © the artists
  • Theme:
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC9/2003



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