DVD Dead Drop vol.6: ‘Vertical Video’
March 19 – May 7, 2013 at the Museum of Moving Image NYC
by Sakrwoki aka curatingyoutube.net and Aram Bartholl. 2013, 62 mins. DVD.
Vertical Video is a one-hour selection of amateur videos captured in the 9:16 aspect ratio, first compiled for a special screening in Berlin entitled Vertical Cinema. The DVD includes a special How To video with instructions for adjusting a home theater or other viewing environment to properly experience these works.
Fueled by a proliferation of mobile, inexpensive, high quality cameras and free online distribution platforms, self-trained media producers continue to invent creative uses for media technologies that challenge contemporary viewing behaviors and expectations. Even though the 9:16 aspect ratio is often understood to be “wrong” €“the result of using a camera “incorrectly” €“videos in 9:16 are being created and distributed online at an increasing rate. Unchained from cinema screens, televisions, and computer monitors, media makers are free to create for viewing experiences outside of traditional horizontal exhibition hardware.
Vertical Video is a compilation of videos with a wide range of subjects including architecture, wildlife, bodies in motion, gaming, eyewitness accounts, and current events whose vertical treatment is a natural and fitting decision. Until now, many of these videos have only been seen online where they have been thickly pillarboxed and shrunk to squeeze into the existing horizontal viewing system. This compilation provides evidence that a new generation of media producers, freed from concerns about conventional screening requirements, reject the arbitrary restrictions of the horizontal screen and maintain a more fluid relationship with the frame.
The selection was originally screened at Vertical Cinema Platoon Berlin on Feb 18 2013, see also http://datenform.de/vertical-video-eng.html
Stampede, Eight Years at Horse & Pony
Opening 26 November, 14-21h
On view 27 November – 9 January, Saturdays & Sundays, 12-18h and by appointment
U-Bhf Leinestrasse / S- & U-Bhf Hermannstrasse
Altenbrakerstrasse 18, 12053 Berlin
Including work from Shahin Afrassiabi, Matt Ager, Josefin Arnell, Diana Artus, Khaled Barakeh, Aram Bartholl, Julie Beugin, David Blandy, Elijah Burgher, Julia Colavita, Beth Collar, Zuzanna Czebatul, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, Caroline David, Lucinda Dayhew, Herbert de Colle, Cheryl Donegan, Claude Eigan, Paul Ferens, Kasia Fudakowski, Dakota Gearhart, GeoVanna Gonzales, Monika Grabuschnigg, Seamus Heidenreich, Nate Heiges, Kathi Hofer, Nick Jeffrey, Jake Kent, kg, Julian-Jakob Kneer, Nuri Koerfer, leckhaus, Carol Anne McChrystal, Ryan McNamara, Liz McTernan, Zoë Claire MIller, Adrien Missika, Robert Muntean, Nightmare City, Yotaro Niwa, Florian Oellers, Omsk Social Club, Anne-Sofie Overgaard, Silas Parry, Tamen Perez, Angelo Plessas, Tobias Preisig, Hannes Ribarits, Tina Ribarits, Liz Rosenfeld, Lorenzo Sandoval, Fette Sans, Isa Schmidlehner, Maximilian Schmoetzer, Jonas Schoeneberg, Sarah Schoenfeld, Pacifico Silano, Louise Sparre, Jennifer Sullivan, Valinia Svoronou, Anna Szaflarski, Johanna Tiedtke, Viktor Timofeev, Titre Provisoire (Marcel Dickhage & Cathleen Schuster), Marie von Heyl, Derick Decario Ladale Whitson, Helga Wretman, Thomas Yeomans, Lauryn Youden, & Anna Zett.