[NetBehaviour] The Escape Artists Society (TEAS) presents eyeTEASers

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Sun Jun 18 12:34:49 CEST 2006

The Escape Artists Society (TEAS) presents eyeTEASers:

Video Art Podified. Foundation Lounge (Main + 7th), 7-11 pm June 22nd, 2006.
Door $5 (free for TEAS members); iPod rental $2/20 min.

On Thursday June 22nd, 2006 The Escape Artist’s Society (TEAS) unveils 
eyeTEASers: Video Art Podified; Vancouver’s first showcase of video 
artwork for the Apple iPod.

The iPod is the ‘Walkman’ of the early 21st century— it has moved beyond 
popularity to become one of those ubiquitous cultural elements defining 
this time and place (along with low carb diets and terrorist threats). 
We can’t underestimate the impact ‘podification’ will have on audio and 
video – just as audio-only ‘Podcasts’ are reviving the radio star, video 
iPods will change the way we view and distribute digital video.

The ability to view and share video almost anywhere may seem mundane at 
first, but it truly explodes production and viewing context for digital 
video works. There will be something very different about the kinds of 
things you will view on a small hand-held than what you’ll see displayed 
or projected on a screen (unless of course you’re VJing off the ‘pod). 
This is an exciting opportunity for video artists who refuse to abandon 
the space to ad agencies and major record labels.

eyeTEASers will present some initial foray’s into podspace: from 
abstract contemplation pieces to quirky viral shorts—from live music 
performance to pure eyecandy. The artists showcased are a brilliant mix 
of local and international emerging and established artists. 
Participants will be able to rent out (for up to 20 minutes) a curated 
selection of video complete with an iPod and speaker stand directly to 
their table for their communal viewing pleasure: this is video to share, 
talk about, and to redefine your space. At the end of the evening, we 
will auction off 6 weeks of exclusive personal viewing rights for each 
of the video submissions—in a sense, the winner buys the right to 
personally hoard the work or to share it with the world, at their whim. 
After 4 weeks, all the works will be available to download to your video 
iPod from the TEAS website.

Rather than just repurposing their work, eyeTEASers artists were asked 
to consider the implications of tiny screens (sure it’s a challenge for 
visibility; but also a great format for fast, low resolution clips); the 
‘share’ (even ‘viral’) factor of portable video, the intimacy of a 
personal media player; and finally both the ephemeral nature of digital 
video and the opportunity to spend a bit more time with video art.

The Escape Artists Society also promises to fill the Foundation Lounge’s 
(new! expanded!) space with the usual TEAS goodies—installation work 
from emerging artists, and a screening of video ephemera both on and off 
the ‘pod until the wee hours.

Please contact us for more information, to request an interview, and/or 
to find out more about covering the event.

Cindy Poremba
treasurer / The Escape Artists Society
co-curator / eyeTEASers: Video Art Podified
lecturer / Simon Fraser University School of Interactive Arts and Technology
(604) 873-0478
cindy at escapeartists.ca

The Escape Artists Society (TEAS) presents eyeTEASers: Art Podified. 
Foundation Lounge (Main + 7th), 7-12 pm June 22nd, 2006.
Door $5 (free for TEAS members); iPod rental $2/20 min.

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