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January 17, 2003

Free Views -- Virginia Valdes

Friedrich --

Another gifted video artist has put some of her work on the web -- Virginia Valdes, whose short "movies" you can watch here. They're rhapsodic, a little spooky, and very beautiful -- they really cast a spell. Valdes has a web art-thingee to have fun with, here, and she designs websites too, here. They're funky, vivid and sexy, like digital-age versions of great old spaghetti-western posters.


Since I'm in a confirming-my-own-theories mood today, I won't resist my urge to argue that the kind of "movies" digital-video is likely to have the greatest impact on for the good is stuff like Valdes': short, do-able at home, probably nonnarrative (since acted-out narratives demand the collaboration of lots of people), and distribute-able on the web. DV cameras and computers? What may be greatest about them, at least for the moment, is that they allow you to work in complete freedom. But that probably implies people working in short (ie., manageable) forms, and at home and in their spare time. I'm eager to see more of this work: May a zillion arty mini-movies flourish.

Warning: Readers with slow internet connections are likely to have a hard, or at least endless, time downloading these films.



posted by Michael at January 17, 2003


I like it-- the soundtrack should be a little Lucinda Williams shot with Tom Waits.

Posted by: alina on January 17, 2003 4:13 PM

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