8 bits or less, 2016, Patrick Lichty – tinycinema

Currently, I have over 3000 images on file that were taken with the WQV. As I was experimenting with it around the first half of 2000, I noticed that I could make crude video with serial imagery, which hearkened back to a digital Muybridge sort of effect. Thus numerous sequences were assembled in Premiere and saved as digital video.

The result was that at some point I had spliced together nearly five minutes of video, and somehow it all seemed to fit into a narrative of free association, if one were to take a page from Dulac’s process of Surrealist filmmaking.

Also, I had been looking at new media that was being created using retro-tech, and came across a series of musical pieces by The 8 Bit Construction Set, which inspired me to consider making a series of short video artworks based on the work based on music video formats used in Haymarket Riot.

In the case of these videos, a point of departure is chosen from a fairly well- known piece of postmodern theory, and then is juxtaposed with a hyperbolic narrative that I feel represents the hysterical nature of post-9/11 culture. Therefore, the first three videos flicker between lucidity and hallucination through a dim mirror of the pinhole digital lens of my watch camera.
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Patrick is a conceptual artist, curator, and theorist exploring how media shape our perception of reality as well as the borders between the digital and the materal. He is best known for his work with the virtual reality performance art group Second Front, and the animator of the activist group, The Yes Men. He is a CalArts/Herb Alpert Fellow and Whitney Biennial exhibitor as part of the collective RTMark. He has presented and exhibited internationally at numerous biennials and triennials (Yokohama, Venice, Performa, Maribor, Turin, Sundance), and conferences (ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Popular Culture Association, SLSA, SxSW). His recent book, “Variant Analyses: Interrogations of New Media Culture” was released by the Institute for Networked Culture, and is included in the Oxford Handbook of Virtuality. He is a Lecturer of Digital Studio Practice at the Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



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The Collider Exhibition Series examines the impact, implications and inspiration of the phenomenon generally categorized under the umbrella term New Media within the design practice and fine arts.

The theme for Collider:C8 is voxel.


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March 21, 2017 7:00pm


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