Lev Manovich, with Andreas Kratky, ZKM, DJ Spooky,
Christine Bokelmann, Anne Pascual, and Marcus Hauer, Ruth M. Lorenz.
maaskant Berlin, Jason Danziger, Andreas Anglidakis, Ted Apel, Gloria
Sutton, Francesca Ferguson, Rachel Stevens
Coproduction of Lev Manovich and ZKM | Institut für Bildmedien
How to represent the subjective experience of a person
living in a global information society? If daily interaction with
volumes of data and numerous messages is part of our new »data-subjectivity«
how can we visualize this subjectivity in new ways using new media
without resorting to already familiar and »normalized«
modernist techniques of montage, surrealism, absurd?
Soft[ware] Cinema investigates a few
approaches towards answering these questions. The fictional stories
which come from a collection entitled GUI [Global User Interface]
are presented as a series of short movies. While the voice over
narrating the stories was edited before hand. everything else is
constructed by software in real time, including what appears on
the screen, where, and in which sequence. The decisions are based
partly on a system of rules, and are partly random. In other words,
Soft Cinema can be thought of as a semi-automatic VJ [Video Jockey]
or more precisely, a FJ [Film Jockey].
Using Graphical User Interface, financial TV
programs and Mondrian as the templates, Soft Cinema breaks
the screen into a number of frames. The video which appear within
these frames selected from a large database. Each video clip in
the database follows Dogma 95 rules: it was shot in continuous takes
without edits using a hand-held camera. Most of the clips have been
recorded by the author while in Berlin, Tokyo, Moscow, San Paolo
and other locations between 1999 and 2002; a few clips are simulated
[i.e. a still image was animated to look like a video shot on location].
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