From: Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jul 20 2010 - 11:23:41 PDT
I think - for myself as an artist, and i will qualify this as a personal observation based on my own practice and that of others in my circle - that the "future" of film is some product or outcome of the hybrid state of technological flux that the photographic image is in at the present moment.
i finally freed myself (around 2000) of my once-passionate attachment to film as my primary art form, which lasted some 20 years. Today i embrace everything i can use to play with image and sound: any technology, theory, exhibition device or instrument that enters my reach or that i can have access to through the Internet or any other means is game. This does not mean that i love film any less - quite the contrary. It means that i now use it ONLY in the manners that bring the most joy to me, bypassing all of that other traumatic stuff such as working with other people's machines, etc.
I find that the differences between video and film are ultimately complementary to one another, that there are things each can do that the other can't, so it does not seem to me that either can cancel the other out, particularly if you really understand the aesthetic nuances of each. More and more, projects incorporate multiple technologies and artists continue to constantly create new relationships between technologies, and i don't see anything really getting phased out, and particularly hope that this would be the case especially among "experimentalists" (oops!?!) like ourselves.
Didn't someone here just post a request for a battery-pak for a VHS camcorder? And didn't they receive an answer from someone explaining how to rig the thing to update the original technology from the 80's? Vive l'art.
Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez
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