video web log [-\\/] video blog

27.03.02 melbourne

Please Note: when accessing this piece with a slower dial-up connection, the audio tracks may take up to 30 seconds to load.

this work is part of an ongoing series of small scale interactive video works (video blog::vog). each is marked by its

  • interactivity (interactive video ought to require nontrivial action within the video frame not 'click to view' aka 'browser=tv')
  • appropriate duration - desktop networked activity (of any kind) is always someone else's desktop work ought to know that it is only one window amongst others and that time is just another form of low bandwidth (what can you say in 30 seconds?)
  • reworking of our assumptions of video - if interactivity is now inside video (anything you can do in flash you can do in quicktime) what do we make with it? what can we make? what should we make? what does it want us to make?

    the brief work presented here "stars and tears" uses still images photographed with a domestic digital still camera which then has some film noise applied, is sliced into fragments, and rebuilt. the slicing is a form of montage come collage (mollage?) which is the most appropriate compositional trope for desktop environments - layered windows in space (collage) that vary in time (montage).

    there are four soundtracks attached to the movie. each of these soundtracks is stored externally from the film, so that as you mouse over the text tracks a new soundtrack will be loaded. this is done to reduce the size of the 'interface' and it is also a sketch towards what a work that uses external soundtracks might sound and play like. the lag that you experience as one soundtrack is unloaded and another requested is then inevitable and is a part of the work. this is not aporia or lack but the positive and pregnant moment between asking for and receiving. the moment of or for the possible performance of the promise. (this is why in a vog you never click, it is never an order or a command, it is always invitation.)

    Adrian Miles teaches and researches hypertext, cinema, interactive cinema and hypermedia at RMIT, Melbourne, and at InterMedia, Bergen (Norway). His current research interests revolve around a series of networked interactive video projects that expand and critique existing notions of interactive video, this work relies on the cinema philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. He consults on hypermedia pedagogy, ecultural strategies, and interactive video.