Tuesday Video: Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide.

By Tim Smith

Tamir Moscovici will probably be familiar to you through his thirty minute documentary, Urban Outlaw. I liked that film. Most of us liked that film. But then I didn’t like it. My reasons were more to do with my politics than any aesthetic consideration. Indeed, Tamir’s film about Magnus Walker is pleasing both on the eye and the ear.

Kaz: Pushing The Virtual Divide is no different. I think it may be a little unfair to attack its lack of coherence, although it should be flagged, perhaps with an emphasis that this was a commissioned piece. Nobody woke up at the beginning of the project with some noble goal of making a film about art or life or machines. But, it does have its moments.

At one point Kazunori Yamamouchi is walking through a wooded area. He kicks a tree to dislodge the beetles that live high up in the branches. There is something significant about this.

Fairly early on, we meet the physicist/artist Robert J. Lang. While describing an origami fold-pattern he states,

‘It’s less than a blueprint, it’s more of the abstract essence’.

You can then watch him run this sentence back through his mind, take pleasure from it.

Bookending the main body of the piece is Dr Michael Gervais. The beginning opens with a short explanation of ‘flow state’. It is something that has stayed with me for the days and weeks after first watching it. Upon the third and forth watches, the note taking stage of this short review, it is his final statement that now sits inside of my thinking, fermenting:

‘The Creative expression, the ability to become so masterful at something, and so thoughtful in the basic elements of how it works, that’s when the artist in all of us can be expressed.’

And that, ladies and gentlemen is the very stuff of life.


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