video essay

Our new video essay premieres next week at NODE

“Gabriel Shalom and Patrizia Kommerell’s (KS12) stories switch between fact and fiction. Their video essays, which mainly consist of interviews, experiment with new forms of narration, which originate from modes of production and association found in a digitally linked community. NODE13 commissioned KS12’s new work, which has been produced under the title ‘Another Dimension’ as a part of the Deutsche Börse Residency programme in Frankfurt.” – Thanks NODE for the nice words!

It would be great to see you at the premiere of Another Dimension next week:
Monday, February 11, 2013 – 20:00 (8PM) at the Frankfurter Kunstverein

We’re Gonna Take You To “Another Dimension”

We got older. And as we got older we realized we had rules. Not the rules of our parents. Not the rules of some big corporation or government. Rules of interaction, of engagement, etiquette even. We had grown up in a world of magical objects – things with attributes, properties, menus and options. And slowly we introduced this magic back out into the world – at least on the surface of things. In our desperation for control in a world more and more out of control, we began expressing these rules about objects in our aesthetics. Guided by visions of a near future in which the real and the virtual would be seamlessly blended, we created prototypes and simulations with increasingly higher fidelity. Yet the tyranny of the frame prevailed. Our rules collided with systems of another dimension. Stubbornly, we carried on building the simulacrum. We gritted our teeth, we dug in our heels, and we fought to stay lucid as our dreams shimmered across legions of rectangles.

During the next several weeks we will producing our newest video essay “Another Dimension” during our artist’s residency in the Deutsche Börse Residency Program at the Frankfurter Kunstverein.

Another Dimension will premiere at the 2013 edition of the NODE Forum for Digital Arts on February 11th, 2013 at 8pm in the Frankfurter Kunstverein.

This video essay features the artists Dmitry Paranyushkin, Onyx Ashanti, Gabriel Shalom and Protey Temen.

Early Stage

Why is Portland an interesting place to create a startup?
How can we understand entrepreneurs and software engineers to be a new creative class?
What roles do story and performance play in the creation of an enterprise?

Following the true story of a group of aspiring startups in the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), in the context of Portland’s creative and technology ecosystem, KS12 presents Early Stage, a Video Sprint in collaboration with PIE which starts a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

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The digital settles in as background. We remember less and query more. Our identity play would be considered schizophrenic in the last century. We have more friends than ever before yet know new frontiers of isolation. The quantification of our experience haunts us in the form of a persistent history. And we are distracted more than we ever knew possible. These circumstances are paradoxically a description of the near future and a diagnosis of the current state of affairs. The truly timeless is redefined – it has transcended that which is classic; it has become that which is never finished.

a video essay / design fiction by KS12

Directed and Edited by Gabriel Shalom
Designed by Patrizia Kommerell
Produced by KS12
Producer: Karen Cifarelli
Commissioned by MU, Eindhoven
Curated by Angelique Spaninks
Production Assistant: Rob Versteeg

(in order of appearance)

Bernhard Herrmann
Rafaël Rozendaal
Bruce Sterling
Peter Kirn
Jorien Kemerink
Markus Kayser
Elske van der Putten
Vivian van Gaal
Toby Barnes
Mary Flanagan

Ghost Box

Concept and Design: KS12
Electronics: Philip Steffan
Manufacture: Günter Herrmann Lehrmittelfabrik
3D Prototype Modeling: Mendel Heit
Fabrication Consultant: Fons Schiedon

STRP Artworks

E‪dwin van der Heide‬ DSLE -2- (2011)
Marnix de Nijs Exploded Views 2.0 (2011)
Telcosystems 12_series (2010)
Digitale Werkplaats Bristlebots (2011)
Bart Hess Liquified (2011)
Fourcelabs Dance Engine (2011)


Excerpt from “sketch_111229” by stra.
© 2011 Shingo Inao

“Anaxagoras” and “MeeBlip Landscape” by Peter Kirn
© 2011 Peter Kirn

“Melted Rubber Soul” by Campfires
© 2011 Jeff Walls

Special Thanks
Bernhard Herrmann
Helmut Seefeld

Shot on location in Eindhoven, NL during the STRP Festival 2011 and in Hofgeismar, Germany at the Günter Herrmann Lehrmittelfabrik

© 2012 KS12

Timeless Premiere: January 13, 2012

Premiere: Friday 13 January 2012 – 8 pm – MU Artspace, Eindhoven, Netherlands
On view from 13 January – 4 March 2012

We are happy to announce the premiere of Timeless, our new video essay / design fiction. This work was commissioned by MU and was shot on location during STRP Festival 2011 and the Playful Post Digital Culture symposium at the Klokgebouw at Strijp-S. Timeless focuses on questions of identity and experience, time and place in a post-digital era. We are looking forward to see you at MU, Eindoven!

In case you cannot make it to the premiere, be sure to check back with us in mid-January so you can see the video when we put it online.

January 13 will also mark the opening of The Tosso Variations, a videomusical suite in five movements by Gabriel Shalom. We are very excited as this will be Gabriel’s first solo show!