Sunday, January 21, 2007

The New Silent Films

I came across a couple examples of silent films this weekend. More accuarately, these are different video projects that are silent because of their unique venues.

The first is Sleepwalkers at the MOMA.

The Museum of Modern Art and Creative Time, the New York–based public art organization, have jointly commissioned Doug Aitken to create the artist's first large-scale public artwork in the United States. The project is also the first to bring art to MoMA's exterior walls. Eight continuous sequences of film scenes will be projected onto six facades, including those on West Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth streets and those overlooking The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Inspired by the densely built environment of New York's midtown, the artist will create a cinematic art experience that directly integrates with the architectural fabric of the city while simultaneously enhancing and challenging viewers' perceptions of public space. The project, filmed in New York City, will be shown daily from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., and is intended to be visible from many public vantage points adjacent to the Museum.

NPR story: Lights, Camera, Action on a Museum Wall.

Sundance has comissioned 6 director to create "films" for mobile phone. Maria Maggenti's describes her approach to the 4 minute piece she is doing asa "kind of primal film making exercise. Film making is all about editing; it's a juxtaposition of images".

NPR interview with filmmaker Maria Maggenti: Making a Film for the Really Small Screen

Robert Redford Unveils Sundance Mobile Movies

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