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+ Andreas Treske, “Video Spheres and Bubbles”

MON 18 JUL   1000 – 1300                       Program Ilmu Religi dan Budaya, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Jl. STM Mrican 2A, Gejayan, Yogyakarta 55002 (English, with simultaneous translation into Bahasa Indonesia.)

ABSTRACT: “Video Spheres and Bubbles”

Video is the dominant medium of our century. It is the unquestioned companion of our everyday lives. It is an attachment in a variety of practices. Once seen as a single object, as tape, as machine, it actualizes now as appearance, as a fog, or as a cloud. Maybe just a definition. We are viewing and sharing video at any time, at any place. The variation of screens and screen sizes is continuously increasing. The shrinking of the screen and the mapping of it for telecommunications and other devices directly impacts the content and forms of the presented videos. For example, a company in Finland ( is projecting video onto smoke, instead of screens or reflective objects. Aesthetically, television had already emphasized closer shots. The video at our fingertips on mobile devices amplifies this tendency, pointing us towards details, opening up content for new and different kinds of forms and practices. The ability to network, share and map video questions not only the forms of content but also raises the question of “where”. This question of “where” relates to the position of the single viewer in a network of viewers and videos. Here with all the included relations we might not be able to refer anymore to single points and single directions. In my earlier research for Video Vortex, I had reflected on the impact of the diverse development of screens and online video upon the composition and creation of moving images. In my latest essay “Frames within Frames”, I applied mainly formal, aesthetic approaches to video as it appears in various web interfaces, and reassessed the act of cinematic framing. In this lecture I would like to extend Peter Sloterdijk’s notion of spheres or bubbles, to rethink video as an “artificial sphere of existence” – this sphere and its inner and outer views, its visible and invisible relations. The question of “where” is the question of our position towards, within or outside of video. My approach (“meine Annaeherung”) will be not just philosophical and aesthetic, but interdisciplinary, drawing on studies of the moving image from art theoretical points of view; and touching on practices of video activist groups from Turkey, as well as video artists like Nam June Paik and Tom Sherman. As an example for illustration and to open up the reflection I would like to refer to the work “videosphere” by BESTIARIO, presented at the 2010 IDFA DocLab. “Videosphere is a 3-D sphere that reproduces videos from the renowned TED Talks archive and shows the relations between different presentations on technology, entertainment and design-related topics.” (

Invited video-makers and representatives of invited networks, from Indonesia and abroad, will give public presentations of their works, organizations and projects. Open-channel sessions will allow local video-makers and groups to share their work with assembled audiences and participants. Video Vortex artists will perform and exhibit their work as part of the CELLSBUTTON Festival’s nightly events.



+Video Voyage
An informal artist’s presentation (Allison Holt, U.S.A.) , Akiq AW (MES56, Indonesia) and a screening featuring new and recent video work from The Philippines curated and introduced by Clarissa Chikiamco (Manila). Followed by Q&A session. In English.

MON 18 JUL   1830 – 2030                  @ Langgeng Art Foundation
Jalan Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta

From 2009 to 2010, Allison Leigh Holt lived and worked in Central Java as a J. William Fulbright Fellow through the U.S. Department of State, where the focus of her independent research was traditional Javanese concepts of multidimensional reality: the tools that traditional culture has developed to navigate it and the logic that underlies it. Through her own experience and the combined lenses of cognitive science, philosophy, science fiction, and theoretical physics, she explored Javanese methods of comprehension that extend beyond the world’s temporal and spatial limits, and the ancient system within which they function. In an open dialog format, Holt will present her ongoing research-in-progress, consisting of video-sculpture and diagrams created in collaboration with members of House Of Natural Fiber, as well as video performances, and examples of video and media coalitions arising in the USA.

“On Photographic Time and Motion” by Akiq AW (MES56) examines the complexity of the processes that occur in photography and video works; and in what so called relevant boundaries between these mediums. The process here refers to when a reality captured by the observer (the artist) using the recorder until being presented before the audience. In particular, this work focuses on the logic of photography, in the tension between the moving and still images. In the past, to capture a movement, photographer created her/his works with a slow speed or multiple expose that produced images as if it’s moving; but in fact the movement with certain duration cannot be presented because of the medium’s limitations, which is being printed on paper. Benefiting from the invention of digital cameras and digital photo frames, the technological barriers have disappeared. Photography can now show a sequence of motion in certain duration.Another issue is the boundary between photography and video. In this work, the observer is always in a constant position / not moving (such as in photography), but the objects that were recorded show minor movements. This is photography work that is videographic, as well as a video work being photographic. All three series in “On Photographic Time and Motion” represent tradition in photography and painting: portraiture, landscape and still life.


+ Video Vault – special screening and roundtable discussion
A screening of key video works drawn from the collection of the Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA), held at IVAA’s newly opened space. After a brief introduction, there will be a 1-hour screening with direct commentary by Jompet (Agustinus Kus Widananto), followed by responses and discussion. Presentation in Bahasa Indonesia with simultaneous English translation.
TUE 19 JUL      1600 – 1830
Indonesian Visual Art Archive
Dipowinatan 188 A/B, Jalan Ireda, Gang Hiperkes
Keparakan, Yogyakarta

+ Emile Zile: Post-it Kino / *best*RapidEssayNSFW!!
A live networked video performance of recent work by Emile Zile (NL/AU), as part of the HONF Showcase event
WED 20 JUL   1930 – 2400                    HONF: breakcore_LABS proto 1.0 – chickenosaurus, borderless.
Venue: Amphitheatre Taman Budaya Yogyakarta
Jalan Sri Wedani No 1 Yogyakarta
Telp. 0274 523512, 561914


A series of workshops will be conducted in collaboration with local hosts, dedicated to video practice in a networked world, and techniques and strategies of production and distribution. The first, led by Turkey-based German artist Andreas Treske, will focus on the art of digital storytelling. The second, led by Henry Foundation and Reza Afisina (ruangrupa/OKVideo) will address the interplay between video, performance, and the object. The third workshop, conducted by Australian artist Emile Zile, will explore live networked performance and montage. The workshops will bring artists from the Video Vortex network to exchange their knowledge and experience with Indonesia’s thriving video communities.


+ Networked Video Performance and Live A/V Montage

Emile Zile [hosted by HONF] – TUE 19 JUL, 1100 – 1700
@ House of Natural Fiber, Jalan Wora Wari A80/6, Baciro, Yogyakarta

Emile Zile will break down his artistic techniques and interests with reference to his most recent online and video performance projects, including Best*RapidEssay*NSFW!!, Post-It Kino and Subtitle Kino. Workshop participants will be invited into a discussion about image selection, ‘found’ vs. appropriated footage, creative re-use of media and the future of copyright. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own short videos, develop live performance concepts, and receive critical feedback on their projects from Emile.

Video, Object & Performance

Henry Foundation & Reza Afisina – MON/TUE 18-19 JUL, 1200 – 1800
[hosted by OK Video and Langgeng Art Foundation]
@ Langgeng Art Foundation, Jalan Suryodiningratan 37, Yogyakarta

In connection with 5th OK.Video FLESH, Jakarta International Video Festival to be held in October 2011 in Jakarta, OK. Video workshop will address theme of the human body that has been transformed into digital entities (images, sounds, text) by audiovisual technology. For this workshop, we will try to use a technical approach called ‘video scratching’ or to fabricate bodies through visual produced by television programs/broadcasts, then convert it into short (30 seconds to 1 minute) video format, using simple editing technique. In two days, the participants will explore technique and concept to produce performance video and manage its presentation. Workshop participants are expected to have technical recording devices of any kind, ranging from cellular phones to digital/analog cameras.

+ Interactive Storytelling

Andreas Treske [hosted by FFD / Video Vortex] – FRI 22 JUL, 1100 – 1700
@ Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Dipowinatan 188 A/B, Jalan Ireda, Gang Hiperkes, Keparakan, Yogyakarta

How can viewers, visitors, and users, any kind of audience, influence or even change the flow of a story? How can the same material be organized in different ways and experiences? This hands-on workshop explores, discusses and conceptualizes various approaches of non-linear, multi-linear and interactive forms of narrative, and distributed cinematic storytelling for digital media forms.


Workshop is open for public, but  space is limited. Advance registration required. Please email to: or