Granularity 1.0: načechrané obláčky and Flebb

On: November 8, 2007
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About Rosa Menkman
I like to take photos, make movies and read about new media and art. Last year I graduated on internet art (wrote my master thesis on the internet collective Jodi). Now I am in the Research Master media studies. My blog my Flickr my my


načechrané obláčky and Flebb is the kick-off video for my new ‘one video a week’-project, that I started together with Extraboy.
načechrané obláčky and Flebb is a response to the Video Vortex conference MOM attended last month, in Brussels. In this conference Adrian Miles talked about YouTube, and all video distributing sites on the web. In his talk, Miles main issues were, as Michael put it in a post one month ago:

“Where does an online video end – at what point is it ‘complete’? Are those limits imposed by technology or are they lingering clichés of narrative form (as opposed to Manovich’s ‘database’)? Can online video be imagined differently, outside the frames of cinema and TV?”

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Miles wants to rethink video. According to him, online video distributing sites will only have a future if they make their content granular; tagging scenes and shots, linking between them and in so doing making it easy to remix content at the level of the smallest possible unit. He wants to open up a space that he calls soft video.

Because blip (the video distribution site I use) or any other video distributing website doesn’t incorporate the options that make soft video possible, I wanted to try if there are other ways to get closer to at least some sense of granularity. načechrané obláčky and Flebb is my experiment.

načechrané obláčky and Flebb is a music video consisting of two separate screens. One, (the upper) screen is linear and synced with the music. The second, lower screen is a random video that can be remixed or scratched by the viewer, using the timeline as a tagging system.
načechrané obláčky and Flebb doesn’t realize Miles’ soft video. But it might be a start for thinking through options for getting there.

načechrané obláčky and Flebb.
Music made by Extraboy.
Video by Rosa Menkman.


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