This episode is not work safe.
My video work is informed by a few simple contemporary "facts": vision is an (innacurate) interpretive process (quite susceptible to pre-supposition and suggestion), (furthermore) reality itself is a semi-consensual construct, and all matter and energy are (most likely!) nothing more than vibrations. In light of these enormities, I am unconcerned with distinctions between film, video and 'digital film' beyond a personal preference for the realtime feedback that electronic cinema can provide. To me, whether captured on film or video or data stream, it's all audiovisuals, cinema, moving pictures, or just plain movies.
Interview with VJ Benton-C Bainbridge.
We discuss my previous interview with Benton on the Small World Art and Design episode and my interview with I.D. Magazine's Julie Lasky; Benton's role as a video artist and performer; how and when video jockeys (VJs) came into their on; how he got into video as an art form; The Residents, Devo and Laurie Anderson; piano lessons impacted him as a video artist; early prejudice against video; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; why he feels it is restrictive to explore narrative in the US film industry; YouTube; Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain; how the movie version of Carrie and the television version of Carrie reflect the changes of US values and mores; the recent remake of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead; analogue versus digital in film making; iMovie; his work on The Beastie Boys' To The Five Burroughs; dead tech and cheap tech; the Fisher Pixelvision 2000; virtual reality; Bill Etra on video as art; Linden Lab's Second Life video game; Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash; Eyebeam's multimedia classes; the pros and cons of documentaries; former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani; archiving.
Featured song is "I Fall Down" by Jeff Phillips.