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You'll Forget Everything, Soon, (2012) Still From Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 1:28 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Mona Kasra
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Omnia XII Ethnique Epic Vista Demo 1280p with Tribal, (2012) Detail From Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 2:47 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Kari Altmann
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OMNEY, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 4 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Shane Mecklenburger
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Braille, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 3:08 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Carolyn Sortor
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The Eyeballs From Outer Space/Strangers in the Night, (2012) Production Image for HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 3:14 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Rebecca Carter
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Metamorphosis, (2012) Production Image for HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 2:30 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Philip Lamb
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DOTS, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 2:30 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Kyle Kondas
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Save Our Souls, (2012) Production Image for HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 7:30 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Jenny Vogel
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Stop. Collaborate. Listen., (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 3:07 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Andrea Goldman
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Pong Master, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 1:49 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Tim Capper with Ryan Hartsell
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Monument for Juanita: Candy is the Sun, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 2:45 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Michael A. Morris
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Owboy, (2012) Still From Video Used in Production of HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 2:58 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Jeff Gibbons
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Orange you glad I didn't say knock knock, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 3:22 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Frank Campagna
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Specter City, (2012) Still From HD Video for Large-format LED Display The Video Is 3:38 Min., 1280 X 248 Pixels; the Display Is 999' in Width or Circumference by 193' High. © Edward Setina
Expanded Cinema

555 S. Lamar St.
(viewing location at the NE corner of Jefferson & Colorado)
Dallas, TX 75202
September 26th, 2012 8:00 PM - 8:52 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Screening
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
other
EMAIL:  
carolyn@c-cyte.com
PHONE:  
214-245-5142
OPEN HOURS:  
Single screening at 8PM CDT
TAGS:  
experimental, mixed-media, digital, video-art
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

Expanded Cinema is an exhibition of new video art works created especially for the exterior walls of the Omni Dallas Hotel, Texas, with audio simulcast by 91.7 KXT public radio, presented as part of the 25th Dallas VideoFest.

The four curved walls of the hotel are continuously wrapped with LED bars that function like a low-res computer monitor.  Only a handful of buildings in the world offer similar displays, and since this particular system was specifically created to fit the hotel's architecture, it is unique.

The artists included have a local connection and experience in making video; but none had ever worked with anything like the Omni Dallas system.

The display constitutes a potentially looping screen approximately 193 feet high and 999 feet in width or circumference.  But while it's the biggest screen in town, it's unusual in shape and very low-res, effectively just 20 display "pixels" tall and 333 wide.

The simulcast of the audio gave rise to additional requirements and opportunities.  The audio would need to be appropriate for KXT's listening audience, and there could be no lengthy silences; but the pieces also had to work without the audio, since many viewers might not hear the simulcast.  On the other hand, KXT's license allowed the artists to use recordings without the payment of fees.

Because of the unique requirements and opportunities, most of the artists had to completely re-think their aesthetic practices for this new platform.

The resulting videos are widely varied, yet many show overlapping concerns.  What kinds of expression are and are not possible through this giant display?  It can be seen by much of the city's populace simultaneously; but how do its low-res nature and usual silence, combined with the fact that many viewers just glimpse it while driving by, limit what it can convey?  Can the spectacular nature of the display be exploited for aesthetic purposes, as well as for the kinds of commercial purposes for which such systems are more often used?  Can it comment on its own glam, and go on to raise questions about value?  What kinds of histories can be evoked?  Can the personal retain any sense of intimacy, or does it more readily suggest the universal, when writ so large?  What if any kinds of genuine connection can be made through such a monumental medium? 

The program includes works by Kari Altmann, Frank Campagna, Tim Capper with Ryan Hartsell and Wes Martin, Rebecca Carter with Mark Collop, Jeff Gibbons, Andrea Goldman, Mona Kasra, Kyle Kondas, Phil Lamb, Shane Mecklenburger, Michael A. Morris, Edward Setina, Carolyn Sortor, and Jenny Vogel.  Sortor also led the effort to create a template for the artists and served as the project coordinator.

It is the hope of the organizers that, if only for a short time, Expanded Cinema will enrich the cultural and communal life of Dallas, opening the city to new ways of viewing and thinking about art and architecture, and that in this "expanded" exhibition, viewers throughout the city will find something to enjoy, think about, and share.