Video Crit

Thursday, April 04, 2019: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom

In this session, Jonathan Munar (Art21, USA), Rebecca Friday (Hudson Media, USA), and Carl Rutman (Brightcove, USA) critique recent video projects in a range of formats. Everyone learns from the process and takes away tips that can be applied to other video projects.

Chair: Jonathan Munar

First Person: Using Video to Amplify Artists’ Voices
- Rebecca Friday, Hudson Media, USA
So many museum visitation experiences involve observing artwork in a neutral environment, stripped of the circumstances of its creation. Interpretive text can open up paths of inquiry and gesture towards an artist’s intention, but such texts are mediated by institutional perspectives. Videos of artists, available in a gallery context or outside the museum, allow visitors to hear directly from artists about their practices, inspiration, and ideas, inviting visitors to build empathy and develop personal connections with works of art. This how-to session will present two perspectives on using video to allow artists to tell their own stories, and to invite viewers to encounter artists within their own spaces.

Augustus the Strong or Augustus the Ridiculous
- Jim Olson, Peabody Essex Museum, USA, Jim Olson, Peabody Essex Museum, USA
we are working with Fablevision in Boston to create a punchy animation that uses tongue-in-cheek dark humor to tell the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story of Augustus the Strong’s obsession for Chinese porcelain, his imprisonment of the alchemist Johann Böttger, and the eventual founding of the Meissen manufactory in Germany. Chinese porcelain was a technology that so surpassed anything the Europeans could produce that it fueled mania. The ridiculous Augustus the Strong story ties to one of the overall themes of the reinstallation, that desire, obsession, and greed have fueled our complex global economy for centuries. After watching the video we hope visitors will question the role desire plays in their own lives.

Lake Baikal: The Science & Spirituality of Extreme Water
- Robin White Owen, MediaCombo, Inc., USA
The first expedition to Lake Baikal was made in winter 2016. Over 30 scenes were shot on ice and on the lakeshore, depicting the spiritual, social and cultural life. Using a 12-cam GoPro rig, the team produced hi-res stereoscopic videos, which were edited into the pilot 360° seven minute long episode "Winter Spirit”.It was made as a trailer for a longer VR documentary about Lake Baikal and the importance of conserving the Earth's most voluminous body of liquid fresh water. This version was not designed to be shown in museums but the revised project will include a room scale virtual landscape that viewers can fly above and also explore beneath the water’s surface. interacting w/2D and 360° narrative elements as well as data visualizations.