Plazaville is a new media video art work. It is based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard. It is set in 21st century New York City. The scenes from the original Alphaville are being re-enacted, interpreted and improvised upon by the artists, actors and videographers. The piece uses the internet as one means of distributing the short video clips. This is somewhat like a serialized program but is not in any order. Viewers can download new scenes as they become available on iTunes and youTube. The videos can be viewed on iPhones, computers and large screen HD televisions.
The final presentation of the work is envisioned as a video projection/ installation work. The installation will not be a standard video loop but will use a computer as a video server. Each of the scenes will be put into a video playlist that is set to random select. The video will be assembled on the fly breaking the traditional notion of linear narrative. The piece is a truly hypertextual/ hypermedia artwork that has an affinity with the meandering narrative that is a key device of graphic novels. The viewer entering the installation will assemble the story in their mind and imagination.
This work involves a loose collaborative of Artists in New York called Artists Meeting. The members are participating in the work as actors, camera-persons, set designers etc. G.H. Hovagimyan is the director and Christina McPhee has added her superb camera work and improvisational narratives to several performance set-ups. Indeed, this work extends the notion of video-performance by using the idea of a movie shoot as vehicle for ephemeral performance art.
Plazaville is a 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
You may access the current scenes of Alphaville via computer at:
Computer via internet – (using quicktime) --
RSS feed via web browser -- http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.xml
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