Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake

Artist: Perry Bard
Curator: Horea Avram
5 October – 7 November, 2013

Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake (2007-ongoing) is a crowd-sourced film based on Dziga Vertov’s much celebrated film Man With a Movie Camera (1929)—a day-in-the-life portrait of a city from dawn until dusk, as seen by a traveling cameraman. …The Global Remake presents on a split screen, on the left, Vertov’s original film and on the right, images interpreting the original script created by people around the world and uploaded to Software developed specifically for this project archives, sequences and streams the submissions as a parallel, synchronized film. Anyone can upload footage. The uploaded shots are rotated each day, so the built movie may never be quite the same. The work tests in a creative mode the normative principles associated to film and digital technology, but at the same time questions the modernist cultural patterns and the postmodernist relativist formulae related to the ideas of artistic value, originality and authorship.

Perry Bard is an artist living in New York. She works individually and collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects for public space. She has worked with community groups to address issues of media representation engineering site specific public video installations for the Staten Island Ferry Terminal Building in New York and for Market Square in Middlesbrough, UK. Public interventions about the war in Iraq include a mobile truckside billboard traveling the streets of New York, magazine ads and coffee cup sleeves featuring artifacts missing from the Baghdad Museum.

Her award winning work Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake has been named by Google one of the 106 most creative uses of the internet, won Guggenheim Museum’s Youtube Play Biennials’ Top 25, won Honorary Mentions at Ars Electronica ’08, Liedts-Meesen Technological Award 2010, Transitio_MX 2010, Share Festival Turin 2011, was nominated at Transmediale Berlin 2009 and File ’09 Sao Paolo; it has screened at numerous film festivals including Moscow International Film Festival 2012, Toronto International Film Festival 2010 and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2009. It has been installed in over 50 venues to date including museums and galleries and screened on public LED displays in Manchester, Leeds, Norwich and Sheffield UK, Federation Square Melbourne Australia, e4c Seattle U.S.A.

Her works have been presented at MoMA New York, the Film Society at Lincoln Center NY, Rotterdam Film Festival, Reina Sofia Museum Madrid, VideoTage HongKong, Shang Elements Museum Beijing, Montreal Biennial, WhiteBox New York, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Zentrum fur Medienkunst (ZKM) Karlsruhe amongst others.

Bard also curates and writes for Afterimage Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.
Software Design John Weir
Sound Design Steven Baun

Commissioned and produced by Cornerhouse, The Bigger Picture; ENTER_; Lumen; Site Gallery in association with the BBC. Funded by the Arts Council of England. Additional funding: Canada Arts Council, Experimental Television Center via the Electronic Media and Film Program at NYSCA.