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Editor’s View: Experience and Expansion

You know that there is almost nothing more exciting (to me) than learning about ways video is being used as the medium for innovative kinds of storytelling. I like to see how technology advances the possibility of creativity—as in Gravity—but I also like to read about/view/monkey around with more experimental, experiential uses of video.

From Radiohead’s PolyFauna

I’ve been enjoying documentarian Ken Burns’ just-released app (called Ken Burns for iPad) that combines archival footage with educational and interactive features on American history, and the band Radiohead’s just-released PolyFauna app, developed by Universal Everything, that fuses imagery, sound, music and interactivity.

I think that seeing installations like William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time (see here)—a piece that combines sound, video and sculpture to create an amazing experience—is incredibly useful and productive for video professionals. It expands your view of the medium and its possibilities. (If you’re in or visiting New York, The Refusal of Time is on display through May 11 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.)

If you do happen to be in New York, you can see Laure Prouvost’s new, immersive piece For Forgetting at the New Museum. Focusing on memory—and the loss of it—the work combines a semicircular collaged mural, a multichannel video installation, scattered sculptural elements, and a film, “How to Make Money Religiously.” She’s one of my favorite artists. Her work is complex, multilayered and nonlinear, and an inspiration for anyone who works with video.

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