Načechrané Obláčky and Flebb (3:47')
(video: Rosa Menkman, music: Extraboy, 2007)
Dromology. ‘Dromos’ from the Greek word to race (Virilio 1977:47). Meaning: the 'science (or logic) of speed'. He notes that the speed at which something happens may change its essential nature, and that that which moves with speed quickly comes to dominate that which is slower. 'Whoever controls the territory possesses it. Possession of territory is not primarily about laws and contracts, but first and foremost a matter of movement and circulation.'
Načechrané Obláčky and Flebb is a response to the Video Vortex conference in Brussels. In this conference Adrian Miles talked about YouTube and videodistribution on the web in general. Miles' main issue was the question where online video ends - at what point is it ‘complete’? What are the limits imposed by technology, or are these limits lingering clichés of narrative form (as opposed to Manovich’s ‘database’)? Can online video be imagined differently, outside the frames of cinema and TV?
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.
Since blip (the video distribution site I use) or any other video distributing website doesn’t incorporate the options that make soft video possible (yet), I wanted to try if there are other ways to get closer to at least some sense of granularity- an experiment with time
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 realise Miles soft video. But it might be a start to think about options to get there.