The One Minutes Series of May/June is ‘The Fields of Algorithms’ and is curated by David Blandy. ‘The Fields of Algorithms’ is a mixtape of poetic machinima lasting exactly one minute. The 23 selected videos were sent in from Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. Five works were produced in a workshop at Sandberg Instituut, Masters of Art and Design in Amsterdam (NL).
Het Nieuwe Instituut will present the online premiere Thursday 13 May at 8pm CEST. David Blandy, Julia van Mourik (director of The One Minutes Foundation) and the participating artists will be (virtually) present on Twitch. Open discussion with the public is encouraged.
»When I originally asked for people’s poetic machinima, the pandemic was just beginning. Since then, the online world has increasingly become part of many people’s reality, some discovering the virtual space for the first time, others becoming even more immersed, as outside spaces become gated off. Machinima takes many forms, from the 3D swooping virtual cameras made possible in games like Red Dead Redemption 2 to the bold pixel graphics of early videogames. Video games are often dismissed, but as they become more ubiquitous it’s natural that these spaces become a place where we wonder at a vision of nature, or a suitable subject for a poem. Video games turns us all into directors, creating stories with our actions inside these gated realms, both a place for encounters with the sublime and a space to forge community. As the screening came together, it appeared there were two intertwined themes; of the political; and of personal identity. The virtual space is a place to reassess and to reform, both the self, and our vision of society. These products of capitalism, vessels of thousands of hours of labour, can become a space for satire and deconstruction, and the space to imagine and enact radical alternatives.« David Blandy
David Blandy is an artist working with pop-cultural spaces such as video games, tabletop RPGs and Twitch streams. He lives in these worlds to think about the stories that create our sense of self, and how these spaces can propose different models for collectivity, either in their narratives or in the cultures that surround them.
Adonis Archontides and Androula Kafa
Lila Catalina Rene Michelle
Ali Razzak and Perry Heath
Rene Francis McBrearty, Lila Bullen-Smith, Michelle Mildenberg and Catalina Reyes
Zuzana Banasinska and Noé Cottencin
Cesar Majorana, Mylou Oord, Sigrún Sveinsdóttir and Mateo Vega
Alejandra Morote Peralta and Alvaro Bretel
Marian Rosa van Bodegraven, Siomara van Bochove, Eva Bosveld, Jeroen Exterkater and Allison Heniquez
‘The Fields of Algorithms’ was made possible by Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Pictoright Fund and Sandberg Instituut.
The One Minutes Foundation produces and distributes one-minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect.
Every two months, The One Minutes Foundation puts out a new series of 60-second films that investigate how we perceive and engage with moving image. Museums and cultural organisations around the world subscribe to the series.