30.04. - 10.05.2015
Open Mon-Sun, 2-9pm
Elie Mouhanna, Lisa Parks,
Marc Abou Farhat, Tadej Fius
and Miha Vipotnik
Spectral configuration; 2015
interactive multimedia installation
(aluminum wire, digital video, video analysis, real time rendering, networking)
3 - 3
Miha Vipotnik / SI
Lisa Parks: research, idea of the project
Miha Vipotnik: concept of the project, visualization
Elie Mouhanna: Crocheted human body from nickel-plated copper wire (4.70 m long)
Tadej Fius: interactive programming, visual mapping
Marc Abou Farhat: montage and multiple layered video
Lone Drone (as I call this piece) explores the vertical politics and mediated materialities of drone warfare. How long does it take to make a body? How long does it take to destroy one? As it hovers in mid air, the wiry surface of this colossal corpse turns translucent as multiple media projections made from leaked military-industrial complex video flicker around and upon it. These projections envelop the silvery drone body within the luminous footprint of world history and militarization, cycling through a series of spectral suspects, framed targets, and aerial strikes. As the Lone Drone soars above, it not only senses light and heat waves from afar; it reconfigures and remediates life on earth. Circumnavigating the earth on an endless flight path, the Lone Drone alters our disposition to the sky, the ground beneath our feet, and how we feel in our skin.
Miha Vipotnik is an interdisciplinary and mixed media artist, painter, television/film director and author. He graduated in abstract painting in 1976, and completed postgraduate studies in video art and experimental television in 1979, at the Academy of Fine Arts (ALU) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His MFA final project, Videogram 4, was a mixed media and multichannel gallery installation event and experimental TV performance program aired on national TV that same year. It was, and still is, a unique and extremely rare example of an artistic endeavor within a state-owned broadcast television center worldwide. http://www.videogram4-senzatelevisione.com/domov.html
In 1983 Vipotnik co-founded the International Video Biennial (Video CD) in Ljubljana and ran it until 1987 when he moved to Los Angeles for his second MFA in Film and Live Action Video at the California Institute of the Arts. In Los Angeles, he worked in the film industry while he continued his video art installations and single channel works. He collaborated with Ear Unit of California on several projects and performances and in 1988 he became interested in satellite programming and experimental theater art projects by working in satellite TV studios and distribution centers. During the riots in Los Angeles in 1992 he worked for Keystone Communications and CNN. In 1994 his interest moved from satellites to Internet and he assumed the management of the Long Beach Museum of Art Video Annex. Efforts were made to modernize their famous video collection for the Internet era combining digitization and computers with old analog, video signal and tapes for artists to explore and use in one place. Long Beach Museum of Art Video Annex priceless collection of Art video tapes is now part of The Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute's Art Video Archives.
In 1996, while working back and forth between the US and Slovenia, he returned to directing films and art videos, gallery exhibitions, as well as interdisciplinary and mixed media installation works. Since 2002 he has been engaged in teaching creative interdisciplinary workshops in Mongolia, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and his native Slovenia. He is currently teaching experimental and documentary film at the Faculté des Beaux Arts at USEK University and Creative expressions in the TV department of ALBA Universite de Balamand in Beirut, Lebanon.
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