Video as Urban Condition: Video-pool
The Video-pool is a collection videos
exploring the mutability of video as it
shifts between fact and fiction, entertainment
and persuasion, urban fantasy and reality-TV,
art and activism, surveillance and control — tracing
the web of interactions between of media
and architecture, subject and commodity,
identity and desire, the city and its phantasmagoria.
It consists of video works provided
by video-makers and video compilations
suggesting different interpretations
of video as urban condition reflecting
particular areas of interest, experience
and expertise. The Video-pool compilations
represent a variety of approaches and
methods, forming a constellation of points
The archive is therefore an uneven terrain rather than an featureless
list. Preserving the 'lumpiness' of the archive provides ways for
users to navigate its contents, to be guided by different interests
The Video-pool is also an enviroment which
makes the contents of the archive accessible,
offering something to the 'flaneur/se'
who prefers to walk by without getting
too involved and to the visitor who would
inhabit the archive and explore it. Users
navigate with the familiar buttons:
play, skip, rewind.
more about installations and hosting the
We welcome individual submissions. See the submissions
guide. All works of resonable quality demonstrating a clear relevance
or response to the themes developed in the project are accepted.
'Reasonable quality' doesn't mean it has to be a cinematic masterpiece,
broadcast quality or monumental art. Alongside artistic,
activist and community videos, we encourage sketches, documents,
unfinished works, reportage, home videos and things not suitable
for presentation except in an archival context.
Better still, put together a compilation. See the compilations
guide. The compilations give a structure to the archive and
a context for the videos in it. The compilations help users navigate
the archive in a meaningful way.
The catalogue is online and will be brought
up to date periodically, so please check later if you
don't yet find your work listed. If you have uploaded
your video to a video-sharing website, please send
the link and it will be added to the catalogue.
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