Live Cinema Documentary from toby*spark on Vimeo.

Utter brilliance: finally, our friend toby*spark has documented live cinema and visualism with a medium that reflects the concept. Music and video are presented as frames within frames, manipulated and placed interactively. It’s part fiction and illusion, of course, but that won’t stop you from dreaming as you watch of interactive audiovisual software that did behave fluidly.

I could say more, but just watch it. The video says it all. I hope toby and others pick up on this ideal and develop it more – both this narrative presentation, and the imaginary software it conceives.

Description from the artist:

An “experimental documentary about a contemporary arts practice” made as part of my first year on the Media and Arts Technology doctoral training programme at Queen Mary, University of London. Having chosen Live Cinema as my practice – how could I choose anything else – the challenge of the film was to represent a form that is overtly broken out of a pre-determined, linear, framed format – in a format that is.

Authored at 1080P, its best viewed here at the uploaded 720P, either flash fullscreen or download the Quicktime.

Full project page at:

  • first up: dvi-mixer isn't dead, i've just been buried, away, and life being life people are busy when i'm not and vice versa. good news: the controller is being shaped by hardware genius shawn bonkowski. bad news: HDCP on modern macs. watch this space, honest!
    with that out the way, its worth reading the full project page linked above. hopefully the documentary can be expanded with a few more pieces and their creator's motivations/insights. and if you're interested in the interface…. so am i!

  • Oh My God (Or OMG as all the cool kids say) this truly is amazing!
    Toby – thank you so much. I will be showing this to my students on Monday!

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  • Kudos, Toby!
    Thanks, also, for your shout-out to ColdCut—always good to include an historical reference (1998 or so, right?).
    But . . . so, the timeline's not going away any time soon, yes? (and obviously, also,  the aesthetic of 'looping' – – find that old, great, Herbert Brun article from Keyboard Magazine in the '80's: he says it so much better than I)
    And one more thing: I really appreciate the dada approach to typography (that damn history again!). You mention 'surrealist painters' , which is OK, but you need to support that a bit more. Just keepin' it real, as they say.
    Do keep up the fine work, though!

  • Peter Kirn

    Well, arguably there is a timeline in that video. 😉

  • RoboRant

    This self-reflexive idea is very interesting.  I'm reminded of this book I am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter.  we creating culture creating we creating  culture creating we…