Articles tagged with: SAW video
Cody Campanale understands research. Not the academic kind that can prove the value of art and still not convince people to enjoy it. He embraces research because it creates context that makes reality acceptable, and defensible. It‘s drawn him into the psychological corners of stage and film narrative and then protected him when people get confrontational. Because in Campanale’s revelations of human frailty, someone is always going to take offence.
At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, Bob Dylan left the stage in a huff when part of the audience booed his performance, which for the first time included an electric guitar. Just offstage, Pete Seeger said he would have cut the wires with an axe if he’d had one because the sound distorted Dylan’s lyrics. This was one of the first mainstream-music examples of new-media art (NMA).
Sarah Cook has just arrived from New York and in three weeks will leave for Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. For the past 10 years she’s gained an international reputation in the smallest of niches – curating new-media art – and is in Ottawa to do a month-long residency with SAW Video’s Public Domain project. She’s an academic to the tips of her sensible shoes, but there is anarchy rolling around her eyes.
Artistic collaboration is the new lifeblood of creativity. If you laughed, you’re probably over 50 with a belief that brilliance is insular and that retirement can’t come soon enough. Collaboration is not a partnership; rather it’s a belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. It’s a risk, for sure, and one with no guarantee of return. But isn’t that also a description of all arts: unpredictable alchemy? Painters, musicians or glassblowers will always sit down by themselves and create something stunning, but without mixing creative …