I am a media artist and researcher interested in the proliferating forms and expressive possibilities of web-based and digital cinema: database narrative, spatial montage, looping, multimedia hypertext, networked video and locative storytelling. In my own drafting and redrafting of a poetics and practice, I am drawn to work that tries to pluralize narrative sequences.
If an idea or story can be generated from a single sequence of images, what might be generated with multiple, linked sequences in a database? How does a non-linear juxtaposition of micro-narratives alter our sense of time and space? What new cinema forms can we grow with our new media tools? Most of my material is captured from daily life, but it is in post-production that I try to push beyond continuity to open up a temporal and spatial sense that is multiple and generative.
Solublefish.tv is a video blog I started in about 2003 as a response to Adrian Miles’ vog manifesto and the emerging idea that online and networked video/cinema could explore very new forms of human expression. Before RSS for video, Youtube and “social media”, video creators around the world began to seek each other out , share thoughts, cinematic expressions and daily recordings. The community of “video blogging” soon became a free place to mingle cinematically. It was a sandbox, a salon, a distributed gallery and a resource for tools and techniques.
Something new in cinema, online video expression was cinema without show business. A folk cinema. Show business has since awakened on the web, no doubt, but the language of moving images has already changed, has become post-industrial, and will only grow more complex and interesting as we let go of cinema as competition for attention (with it’s competition of professionalism, genre, celebrity) and see it more as a means to create convivial audio/visual thought spaces. This blog has been an ever evolving exploration of these changes.
Will Luers is a digital media artist and writer living in Portland, Oregon. He is currently a visiting professor in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at Washington State University, Vancouver where he teaches multimedia authoring and video production. His current research and artistic interest is in the design and development of “web books” – responsive, mobile and web friendly, multimedia books.
His projects have been exhibited internationally and selected for various conferences, including ELO in 2008, 2011 and 2014; and for FILE in 2014. In 2010, he was awarded the The Vectors-NEH Summer Fellowship to work on his database documentary, The Father Divine Project. In 2005, he won Nantucket Film Festival and Tony Cox Award for Best Screenplay. Will has over twenty years experience making and teaching about digital media and the moving image. An early adopter of social media, he was named a pioneer in videoblogging in the Forbes.com Top Technology Trends (2004) and in The New York Times (2006).
Mobile Tech Research Initiative Summer 2011 Creation of an iPhone app using HTML5, CSS3 and the jQuery Mobile Framework.
Video Editing for News This class focuses on the technical, aesthetic and narrative skills necessary to make short-form documentary video for the web.
Multimedia Authoring Intro to web design using XHTML & CSS.
Remix Culture Remix as art and cultural practice.
Narrative Walks Designed and authored walks using video, audio, GPS devices and mapping tools.