Sunday, January 16, 2011

New Youtube Videos Online

I've finished five new internet-exclusive video-type-things which can now be seen at my Youtube page:

www.youtube.com/user/closewatchfilms

They're called Neither Here Nor..., Oh, my, the ambling!, Approach 2, The Most Beautiful Video on the Internet and Now. They complete the series of extremely minimal and largely conceptual internet sketches which I began late last year with Presence 1 - 20, Somewhere It Is Snowing and Approach.

6 Comments:

Blogger Kieran said...

Jesus, "Now" could not be much more minimalistic! Honestly, I didn't make it all the way through most of the new videos, I got sucked into the most beautiful video on the internet though. This may be related to the hypnotic effect that washing machines have on me. It looks like the frame rate on the source was about 15fps? It distorts the motion nicely.

2:30 pm  
Blogger Maximilian Le Cain said...

Thanks for sticking with it, Kieran, and for your comments! These Youtueb pieces are all concerned with the way we watch things online, the way we drift, get distracted... They're not necessarily made to be watched from start to finish, just dipped in and out of, hoepfully thought about... And the question: "What the hell am I doing watching this?!" is bound to arise! A question people don't ask enough when watching stuff in general, I fear...

8:01 am  
Blogger Kieran said...

Funnily enough, I did think about how much our attention span drops in general on the internet. Reading the news online, I rarely ever finish even half an article. With pretty much any youtube video, if I am not hooked within 15 seconds, I start to skip ahead in 30 second increments.

At least in a cinema screening, it's all out of our hands and we do not have that option.

1:10 pm  
Blogger Maximilian Le Cain said...

Yeah, that's exactly what I'm working and playing with here. And it's one of the main reasons why the only videos I put online are ones that I make especially for the internet. And why I don't allow the interent works to be shown in any other context.

5:06 am  
Blogger Kieran said...

It could be interesting to have the internet works in a gallery exhibition or something, where you would encourage people to pick from a list of videos on a pc connected to youtube, and they would then have control over how much or how little they would want to see. It'd still be roughly the same effect, but it would take it out of the private space. From my experience in galleries anyhow, people seem to have very small attention spans when it comes to looking at video or even film in general.

4:02 am  
Blogger Maximilian Le Cain said...

Yes, that would be interestingand I'd consider exhibiting them like that. I seem to remember hearing about a study a few years ago that determined the average amount of time spent by a gallery visitor in front of a work of art (not necessarilyvideo) is... 9 seconds!!

10:56 am  

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