The FILMTEXT project is Mark Amerika's vision of the writer-cum-net artist. Practicing his home-grown theory of 'surf-sample-manipulate', wherein the artist surfs the culture for useful data, samples it, and then remixes it for his own pseudo-autobiographical uses, Amerika has upped the ante with FILMTEXT by bringing in a selective library of images captured in both Hawaii and Japan. Created in the tradition of filmmakers such as Vertov, Godard and Marker, the online version of FILMTEXT attempts to translate cinematic language into more multi-linear navigational forms associated with emergent new media genres such as net art, hypertext, and motion graphic pictures.
Interface design choreographed in collaboration with Flash artist John Vega; interactive sound loops and mp3 concept album created in collaboration with the sound composers Twine; 'cinescripture.1' experimental artist ebook made in collaboration with book designer Jeff Williams.
Mark Amerika (www.markamerika.com) is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Applied Communication at RMIT.
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