Whitecliffe Lecturer Steve Carr’s and Whitecliffe MFA alumni Denise Batchelor’s video submissions are included in the ANGELHOLM INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVA in Sweden.
The first AIVA 2012, Angelholm International Video Art Festival takes place this month and the main purpose of the festival is the free presentation, promotion and development of international video art and to create a new, alternative, peripheral meeting point for emerging and established video and media artists from all over the world. The festival will run for three days, from April 26th – 28th. See the festival website for more details. http://aivafestival.com/
Steve Carr’s Burn Out is a soundless 16mm film, translated to video, of a young man in a West Auckland street doing a “burn-out”; the process of keeping a car’s handbrake on while accelerating, causing the tyres to spin, heat up and smoke. The activity is traditionally associated in New Zealand with “bogan” culture. Most burn-out videos are shot close-up with a lot of cutting, and with heavy music and the screeching of tyres as a soundtrack. By contrast, Carr’s film keeps the camera stationary, with a single, wide-angle view so that the car is soundless in the middle distance. As a result, the activity’s renegade or illegal status is transformed into a moment of quiet beauty in a suburban landscape.