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The Self Splintering Evolution of Web Music Videos
by Albert Figurt

“Case scenario: what if you're not only a composer, but also a talented multi-instrumentalist (aka you can master several instruments)? Augmented case scenario: what if you want to give it a try at self-sufficient multi-playing (aka work on introspective, stratified pieces of music)? Case scenario on [a]steroids: what if you also would like to showcase a visual outcome of your lively efforts? Well - you could become a traditional one-(wo)man band, thus relaying on a body-related, live or performance-based approach; alternatively, you could opt for an experimental self-replicating endeavour, thus producing a meta-physical, audio/visually remixed and interface-based outcome! Introducing ‘Self-Splintering Multi-Channel Video-Songs’, in which musicianship meets DIY video practice, multi-track recording becomes multi-screen performance and standardised video clips metamorphose into split-screen ego trips.”

Selection Committee comments:

The Self Splintering Evolution of Web Music Videos investigates DIY artistic production and competition in music video culture, the performative musical body rather than the fictionalised spectacular body, and online video dialect. The committee was fascinated by the notion of ‘self-splintering’, and finds the proposal conceptually, empirically and aesthetically highly insightful. Furthermore, they acknowledge the relevance of the subject, and the need to investigate how people are imagining and performing their own self and individuality in this contemporary era. They are positive about the project expanding this field of research. The committee invites Albert Figurt to expand the range and diversity of case studies, and to further reflect upon the relationship between fragmentation and splintering, as well as considering notions such as augmentation, expansion and multiplicity. 

Open Archive

Next to For the Record, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision, together with the International Institute for Social History, launched the open call Open Archive for three six-month positions to create a new audio-visual work based on the open collections of the three institutions. The results were announced on Monday 7 December on:

Marina Otero Verzier, Director of Research, Katía Truijen, Senior Researcher and Delany Boutkan, Researcher
Koos Breen and Jeannette Slütter
Koos Breen
Tanja Busking
Shay Kreuger