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Lev Manovich | SOFT CINEMA | Exhibition Schedule

URL: www.manovich.net/softcinema
Information: info@manovich.net

Soft Cinema (2002) was commissioned and produced by ZKM | Center for Art and
Media in Karlsruhe for the exhibition FUTURE CINEMA. The Cinematic
Imaginary after Film (November 16, 2002 - March 30, 2003).
Lev Manovich - with Andreas Kratky, DJ Spooky, Christine Bokelmann, Anne
Pascual and Marcus Hauer / Schoenerwissen, Olia Lialina, Ruth Lorenz /
maaskant, Jason Danziger / think/build group, Andreas Angelidakis, Gloria
Sutton, Rachel Stevens, Francesca Ferguson, Rachel Beth Egenhoefer, Ted

Soft Cinema (installation version) will be shown at ZKM as a part of Future
Cinema exhibition. Soft Cinema (screen version) will be shown in other
venues along with the earlier projects Little Movies (1994-1997) and Anna
and Andy (2000). Conceived for the Web in 1994, Little Movies is a eulogy to
the earliest form of digital cinema  QuickTime. Anna and Andy is a
streaming novel which uses Tolstoy's Anna Karenina as a script that drives
a computer-generated re-creation of Warhol's Screen Tests.

Soft Cinema Book (limited edition) will be available at ICA and ZKM

November 2002 Exhibition Schedule:

Future Cinema | ZKM (Center for Art and Media), Karlsruhe, Germany
15 November 2002 to 23 March 2003 | opening: November 15, 7pm
Soft Cinema (installation version)

Lev Manovich: Adventures In Digital Cinema | ICA London
Exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
November 7- 30, 2002
Soft cinema + Anna and Andy + Little Movies
Lecture: Nov. 19

e-magic v.0.1 | Thessaloniki, Greece
November 12-14, 2002
Soft Cinema + Anna and Andy + Little Movies

Video Biennial | The Digitalartlab, Holon, Israel
November 20-26, 2002
Soft cinema + Anna and Andy

Coming up:

Soft Cinema at Transmediale 03 exhibition, Berlin
(honorary mention in Image category)
February 2003 


How to represent the subjective experience of living in a global information
society? If daily interaction with volumes of data and numerous messages is
part of our new data-subjectivity, how can we visualize this subjectivity
in new ways using new media?

Soft(ware) Cinema investigates a few approaches toward answering these
questions. Fictional stories excerpted from a collection entitled GUI
(Global User Interface) are presented as a series of short movies. While the
voice over which narrates the stories was edited before hand, everything
else is constructed by the software in real time, including what appears on
the screen, where, and in which sequence. The decisions are based partly on
a system of rules, and are partly random. In other words, Soft Cinema can be
thought of as a semi-automatic VJ (Video Jockey) or more precisely, a FJ
(Film Jockey). 

Using Graphical User Interface, financial TV programs and Piet Mondrian as
templates, Soft Cinema breaks the screen into several frames. The videos
that appear within these frames are derived from a large database. Each
video clip in the database follows Dogma 95 rules: it was shot in continuous
takes without edits using a hand-held camera. Most of the clips have been
recorded by the author while in Berlin, Tokyo, Riga, and other locations
between 1999 and 2002; a few clips are simulated (i.e. a still image was
animated to look like a video shot on location).


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