Max Capacity /Kinetics of Image/

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 by Mary Meixner No Comments

Max Capacity suffers from a severe but well documented case of data-addiction, as well as a fetish for obsolete media and electronics. He currently lives and works on the outskirts of Silicon Valley, California, planning super-villain style revenge on the world.

The Kinetics of Image exhibition has been chosen in cooperation with PAF – Festival of Film Animation and contemporary art in Olomouc, Czech Republic, to become part of the official festival programme (5. – 8. 12. 2013).

The Festival of Film Animation (PAF) deals with a wide conception of animation phenomena in the context of cinematography and visual art. The leading topics and key words this year-long active cultural platform deals with include animation, moving image, audio-visual art, cinematography, experimental film, video art, digital culture, net art, remediation, archiving and media archaeology.

The peak of PAF’s perennial activity is four-day festival of film animation and contemporary art that traditionally takes place at the beginning of December in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The festival has already attained international prestige and recognition, reaching its 12th year of existence this December.

At PAF, Screen Saver Gallery will be presented and subsequently exhibited on a row of publicly accessible computers in the very heart of the festival[1] as part of the programme section called “Kinetics of Image” (curated by Martin Mazanec and Mary Meixner).

The programme section “Kinetics of Image” is interested e.g. in the motif of image decomposition into individual fragments of its “dilapidation”, or the gradual “dissolving” during the dynamic processes of projection and animation. The section offers authorial projections and installations, presentations and discussions attendant upon questions of the changeability of the moving images of film and video. The topics include historical film experiments, glitches, and either images performed via the Internet or sculpturally exhibited. The section will be represented by such artists as Gábor Ösz, Takeshi Murata, Yoshi Sodeoka, Tomáš Svoboda and others.

Santa Cruz digital artist Max Capacity has been chosen for both the programme of SSG and PAF as an author of popular digital art, who, in his body of work consisting of thousand of static and animated gif images, fetishize the specific “defects” of analogue video by their “true” digital simulation – thus, at least for the curators, thematizing the inner kinetics of image.

The twelfth year of the Festival of Film Animation will take place from Thursday, the 5th to Sunday, the 8th of December.

[1] The same situation was used last year for collective net-art exhibition Home Page Installation including works by such artists as Timothy Holman, Michael Ruiz, Katja Novitskova, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Kamilia Kard, Rachel de Joode, Zdeněk Svejkovský, Michael Bielicky, Kamila B. Richter, Dirk Reinbold, Constant Dullaart, Carlos Saez, Claudia Mate, and JODI.

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