Pierluigi Vecchi, "Transform 1" (2016)

CosmoGRAFIES

[Scroll down for the Italian version] I have always thought that there is a difference between being an artist and making art for a living. Each of us can create art and take the time we need to craft our skills when we’re off from work. But make a living out of art, and by Read more about CosmoGRAFIES[…]

Logo for Nicolas Maigret's project "The Pirate Cinema".

Can File Sharing Become a Form of Art? “The Pirate Cinema” Project Investigates Information Flows as Aesthetic Exploration

When it comes to torrents and digital piracy, users’ behaviours online are usually tackled under a variety of points of view, which include ethics, laws and copyright issues. But what about the file themselves, whose content is usually ‘invisible’ when people are sharing it via BitTorrent? What if you could have a glimpse of that Read more about Can File Sharing Become a Form of Art? “The Pirate Cinema” Project Investigates Information Flows as Aesthetic Exploration[…]

Juan Ortiz' horror "Jennifer Help Us" was shot with an iPhone 4s.

Are Smartphones Helping Us To Shoot Smarter Films?

Just a few days ago, as the Sundance Film Festival was about to end, a film started making the headlines. Sean Baker’s Tangerine, shot with an iPhone 5s, was enthusiastically saluted as the frontrunner of a new breed of movies that, by spending between $168 and $768 for set up, can achieve quality images for Read more about Are Smartphones Helping Us To Shoot Smarter Films?[…]

Screenshot of the interactive documentary "The Most Northern Place"

“What Makes It Interactive?” Crisps, Chats and Factual Documentaries

I started to research interactive documentaries back in 2013 when I was living in Italy, because this hybrid form of storytelling matched my interest in digital narratives and audience engagement. As soon as I moved to London I looked for people interested in the topic and immediately found out that one of the leading researchers Read more about “What Makes It Interactive?” Crisps, Chats and Factual Documentaries[…]

"Digital Arabesques 2014" - Image courtesy of Miguel Chevalier

Islam, Interactivity And a Drone: Chevalier and Mossessian Reunite for “Digital Arabesques”

I’m always happy to see collaborations among artists grow, and even happier when artistic projects explore different cultures and build bridges between distant worlds. That is why I got very excited about Digital Arabesques 2014. As featured in a recent article on Designboom, the latest collaboration between French digital artist Miguel Chevalier and filmmaker Claude Read more about Islam, Interactivity And a Drone: Chevalier and Mossessian Reunite for “Digital Arabesques”[…]

Chang Liu's "Central Park, face to a tree" from the Wild Growth project.

Paint Like a Human, And Stop Training Robots to Take Your Place

Robots and AI are all around us. Deal with it. In the past few days I’ve come across news that made me think about the relationship between art and mechanical – and digital, in this case – means of (re)production. Especially when the connection between humans and machines is blurred like it is nowadays. It Read more about Paint Like a Human, And Stop Training Robots to Take Your Place[…]

Nature and womanhood are at the core of "The Lack".

From Video Art to Narrative Films: The Case of Masbedo’s “The Lack”

The Lack is quite an appropriate title for the latest work of Nicolò Massazza and Iacopo Bedogni, aka Masbedo, an Italian creative duo active within video art, performance and photography. On 31 August their first feature film was screened at the 71th Venice Film Festival as a special event within the Venice Days section. The Read more about From Video Art to Narrative Films: The Case of Masbedo’s “The Lack”[…]

Chris Marker at Whitechapel Gallery

Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat

“In another time I guess I would have been content with filming girls and cats. But you don’t choose your time.” Chris Marker Judging by some of the works displayed at his first UK retrospective, not to mention the title of the exhibition itself, Chris Marker really loved felines. I think the French artist and Read more about Chris Marker: A Grin Without a Cat[…]

Miguel Chevalier, "Tapis Magiques", shot by Claude Mossessian.

The Art of Immersion: Director Claude Mossessian on Filming Artists and Interactive Installations (Part. 2)

After discussing how Claude Mossessian started his career, in this second instalment of the interview with the filmmaker Prominent Monkey focuses on his work with French digital artist Miguel Chevalier. Prominent Monkey: I find your long-lasting collaboration with Miguel Chevalier particularly interesting. How did you start to work with him? Claude Mossessian: I met him Read more about The Art of Immersion: Director Claude Mossessian on Filming Artists and Interactive Installations (Part. 2)[…]

Claude Mossessian, Paradis.

The Art of Immersion: Director Claude Mossessian on Filming Artists and Interactive Installations (Part. 1)

You might have heard about his work first after The Huffington Post spread the word about one of his latest collaboration with French digital artist Miguel Chevalier, but Claude Mossessian has had a camera in his mind from a tender age. Young Claude, who is now 49 and lives in Sorède, in southern France, was Read more about The Art of Immersion: Director Claude Mossessian on Filming Artists and Interactive Installations (Part. 1)[…]