Danny Snelson (b. 1984)
Flash Artifacts (with João Enxuto) (2009)

In Flash Artifacts (2009), Danny Snelson and João Enxuto re-edit selections from UbuWeb's streaming video archive, exploring the conditions that momentarily "clothe and house" classic avant-garde film and video works. In particular, this editorial exercise investigates online versions of media-reflexive cinema, reprograming works designed to address media technologies now verging on obsolescence.

Standish Lawder turns the camera back on the projector; reveling in the deliriously rhythmic mechanics of a film zipping through the machine. Paul Sharits constructs a rigorous series of dot matrix bursts of light; flashing the ecstatic visuality of pure cinema. Vito Acconci invades the most intimate of gallery spectator spaces; destroying any supposed distance from the film. What interests us about these works of consummate media-reflexivity in their current state of digital dereliction? Why screen these virtual leftovers when online viewing is properly dismissed as an inferior cinematic experience?

History completes itself: in remarks on the foundation of UbuWeb, Kenneth Goldsmith argues for the astonishing way in which the computer screen has always inhabited concrete poetry, even from within the page. Similarly, a hidden magic is revealed in these works as they've found themselves mixed up in the contextual economy of UbuWeb. Interweaving, juxtaposing, and re-editing dozens of films and videos from the UbuWeb archive, we attempt to resurface the more remarkable moments of digital prescience: rewiring these essential historical works as allegories of online distribution networks, internet-specific poetics, media encoding technologies, and the peculiarities of our rapidly expanding social networks.

Playlist: L:00:00 -- George Brecht -- Entrance to Exit (1965) R:00:00 -- George Brecht -- Entrance to Exit (1965) L:00:27 -- Jack Goldstein -- MGM (1975) R:00:27 Jack Goldstein -- White Dove (1975) L:01:01 Standish Lawder -- Color Film (1971) R:01:01 Tacita Dean -- Kodak (2007) L:03:22 Paul McCarthy -- Painter (1995) R:03:22 Marcel Duchamp -- Anemic Cinema (1926) R:04:11 Vito Acconci -- Theme Song (1973) R:04:28 Mauricio Kagel -- MM51 / Nosferatu (1983) L:05:34 John Baldessari -- Time/Temperature (1972--73) L:07:28 Richard Serra -- Boomerang (with Nancy Holt) (1974) R:07:28 Dan Graham -- Performer/Audience/Mirror (1975) 08:10 Ryan Trecartin -- (Tommy--Chat Just E--mailed Me) (2006) 08:37 Salvador Dali & Luis Buñuel -- Un Chien Andalou (1928) 08:40 Peter Campus -- Double Vision (1971) L:08:57 Paper Rad -- P--Unit Mixtape (2005) R:08:57 Peter Campus -- Double Vision (1971) L:09:56 Oliver Payne & Nick Relph Mixtape (2002) R:10:47 Paul Sharits -- Dots 1 & 2 (1965) L:11:25 Gary Hill -- Black / White / Text (1980) R:11:25 Hans Richter -- Rhytmus 21 (1921) 12:52 bpNichol -- Word Pieces L:13:21 Gary Hill -- Black / White / Text (1980) R:13:21 Hans Richter -- Rhytmus 21 (1921) L:14:27 Jeremy Blake -- Century 21 (2004) R:14:27 Fernand Leger -- Ballet Mécanique (1924) L:17:53 George Landow -- Film In Which There Appear Edge Lettering, Sprocket Holes, Dirt Particles, Etc (1965--66) R:18:17 Stephen Dwoskin -- Dirty (1965) L:19:58 Anthony Balch & William S. Burroughs -- The Cut--Ups (1966) R:19:58 Anthony Balch & William S. Burroughs -- The Cut--Ups (1966) L:21:48 Ernie Gehr -- Shift (1972--1974) L:21:54 Michael Snow -- So Is This (1982) R:21:54 Tehching Hsieh -- One Year Performance, No. 2 (1980--81) 23:13 Paper Rad -- P--Unit Mixtape (2005) 24:17 Nam June Paik -- Beatles Electroniques (1966--69) 24:46 Pipilotti Rist -- I'm Not The Girl Who Misses Much (1986) 25:08 Carolee Schneeman -- Fuses (1965) / Cheryl Donegan -- Refuses (2007) 29:03 Paul McCarthy -- Wild Gone Girls Test (2003) L:29:10 Joseph Beuys -- Filz TV (1970) R:29:10 Chris Burden -- TV Ad (1973) R:29:33 Stan Douglas -- Monodramas, "I'm not Gary." (1991) R:30:21 Skip Arnold -- Punch (1992)