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Foreign Youtube Performances

Posted in Drawing, Image Discovery!, performance, Video, Women with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2010 by michaelchernoff

Last week and tonight two non-American youtube videos have caught my attention. The one above is a video of America’s Got Talent via Ukraine. The performing artist is named Kseniya Simonova and her medium is drawing with sand on a light box. The illumination and fluidity of the sand creates a time flow that couples with the progression of history she illustrates about Ukraine during WWII. Everyone has tried drawing in sand and dirt but I’ve never seen such control as she does in this video. In video we are taught to practice technique even if we do not produce anything usable. I imagine she must have spent hours upon days and months practicing her timing and accuracy with sand. The whole performance is like dancing with fingers and drawing bound together. The monochrome color of sand, shadow, and line weight make the video seem like an old ink brush painting. And Ms. Kseniya Simonova is pretty to boot. Cheers to her for winning this competition and celebrating a seemingly primitive art form whose qualities may have limitless possibilities for drawing and video.

The other two videos are of a Colombian woman giving birth to a baby in a pool of water guided by her husband and midwife. At first I thought the video was some strange beginning for bondage pornography. I had previously been searching videos for Asa Akira on youtube and found the video in the side links. The video quality is poor and amateur but the event seemed almost effortless and mystifying. I believe in Comobia it is a choice for some families to perform this ritual which appears purifying and more relieving for the mother. The event was like a strange performance mix between Mike Kelly and Yoko Ono due to its shabby setting and focus upon a female body. The videos together are around fifteen to twenty minutes and they don’t look edited. If this were a straight shoot her birth was short and the baby came of her womb underwater. Makes me think about the possibilities of a Nirvana album cover differently. The entire ritual really impressed me and I am looking for more ritualistic and tribal qualities in my work.

Both are great videos and should be studied its just very hard to find this kind of great stuff other you tube servers.

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Posted in website with tags , , on August 4, 2010 by michaelchernoff

Maybe I am envious or jealous or mad or disappointed or a wimp…but vimeo is getting me a little agitated. Not as much as youtube, well maybe more. The point is that since I have become more involved in video making I want my videos viewed and the videos I make don’t involve gross humiliation or meme possibilities. It’s fine being relatively unknown at this point since I’m still young. But in Vimeo I think the chalice of great videos is held in unfair quality simply because they look good.

What I love about youtube is the naivety and low-cost adventure that people have undertaken and either make single hits or increasingly improved video genres on their channels. Basically everything someone wanted on t.v. that would never be produced based on market expectations or commercial potential. Yet in Vimeo all the great videos are hailed by makers using cutting edge technology. Even famous video directors are involved. I’m simple I use the analog technology available at my college and use some digital tech too. Based on what programs and equipment are available to me I can’t expect to me media gold particularly. Yet I never see a non HD video or simple crafting nominated on Vimeo’s staff picks. Most of the time the videos are interesting but sometimes they pick some real bad stuff. Maybe technically its ideal but its substance falls short. And then I see Vimeo awards…and I think how the hell can I compete with guys who have jobs in studios and use the equipment for free? What upstart can overcome these media titans that Vimeo seems to be so proud of?

Well this site is just the video elite center of the universe. I don’t think Vimeo encourages new youth media but supports contemporary video. It has no real hand in influencing creators like youtube does…Vimeo is a stage nothing more. It has better streaming and video quality yet its views pale against youtube and Vimeo even puts pointless videos of sporting events that are probably more suited for youtube. I hate how there is no thumbs down on videos and all the comments are positives, there isn’t even a troll response on any video. It’s all these assholes saying nice things to each to boost their hollow videos to new heights. I’m sick of seeing the same overused animation and video editing techniques. Fred Viola a musician in the Hudson Valley region and NYC has made great simple videos with better subject matter than many videos I’ve seen on staff shit picks. Little notice is given to his videos for as much as a dumb pirate ship made in animation pro.

This site is just demoralising. I’m not saying I’m going to remove my account or videos…free broadcasting is free…but I’m not paying a membership fee. Maybe when I have the money to someone in the staff room will notice my videos more. I want to see a video buffer on this site instead of just my videos. I think they should just rename the site HD…then again who likes HD and Blu-Ray? Probably as popular as this site with amounts of viewers.

Thanks Donnie

Posted in Image Discovery!, Photography, Photoshop with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by michaelchernoff

Another thanks to Don Weinhart to revealing to me the video series you suck at Photoshop becuase not only is it funny its informative on advanced photoshop techniques. If you want some entertainment and some minor tweaking tips for your images definitely look him up on youtube.

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Drunk History Never Forget Trust Your Instincts!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 24, 2009 by michaelchernoff

Last night my dear friend Sanders asked me to do something I have dreamed for a long time. DRUNK HISTORY. With 2 40’s I recanted the long history of Plato and Harriet Tubman. Hopefully I’ll have video to share it here until then I’m stuck with youtube and a splitting headache.