Justin Remes On Movies that Don’t Move

We've talked before about furniture films (also called static films). Prof. Justin Remes specializes in this interesting genre of experimental filmmaking and here shares with us his "top ten" list of historically important static films, aimed at introducing readers to the development of films that exist somewhere in the space…

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Codes In Space

You've seen the video of NASA's Perseverance, landing on Mars. The thing is the size of a small car, parachuted into the Martian atmosphere, then falling toward the surface, the fall then arrested by on-board jets which slowed the spacecraft to hover a few dozen feet off the ground as…

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Tour of Computational Photography: Title Page and Overture

Computational Photography, as it developed, became less and less like a regular photobook and more and more like an art project in itself. In a regular photobook you'd start off with an introductory text, followed by an essay from a curator or scholar associated with the kind of work that…

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Exploring the Mayan Ruins (In Books)

After going through William Frej's exciting photobook, Maya Ruins Revisited (see my review here), that excitement carried on and I wanted to dig deeper. Do you want more, too? The first place to start is the most obvious: One essay in Frej's book offers a good summary of what is…

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Un-Still Photographs

What is a static film? That's easy. It's a photograph that moves. That is to say, it is a film that is in its heart a photograph, a framed view, pointing the viewer to a moment, framing that moment for the viewer. Only in this case, since as a film…

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The Passage

My video, The Passage, although created for personal reasons, can be seen as a metaphor for any or all of the transitions we are experiencing now, whether that transition is political or emotional, on a large social scale or on a smaller private scale. The video was made along the…

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The Scam Caller’s Art

Scam callers have upped their game. There's a person I know who works for an IT company we shall not name. He works in security. Once upon a time we were talking about junk mail and his theory was that junk e-mailers intentionally used broken English and odd graphics, they…

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Zuckerberg Dreams

Say you were dumb, I mean really dumb, computer dumb, literally dumb as a rock, albeit one with some lines scratched into it. And say I showed you ten pictures of dogs--and I told you they were all dogs--and ten pictures of cats--and I told you those were all cats--and…

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Albrecht Dürer was a Photographer

(This is part of series looking back at posts I wrote a decade ago. First published on November 4, 2011.)  If Albrecht Dürer were alive today he would be a photographer. I’m sure of it. I’ve been a fan of Durer’s work for many years and have always felt he…

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