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Mark Amerika's New Media Movies and Hypertext Novels

Pop art for mobile devices has arrived.
October 14, 2010, 4:22pm

If you’re in or around Denver next week and find yourself looking to watch the latest movie from a self-proclaimed professorial remixologist and purveyor of avant-pop—the 3D rendered digitized corpse rising from the death of postmodernism—then head on down to Denver Art Museum’s Fuse Box space to check out Mark Amerika’s feature film, Immobilité. Shot entirely on a mobile phone, it claims to be the world’s first feature length art movie shot this way. It’s an unscripted improvised piece that mashes up landscape painting, literary metafiction, a YouTube aesthetic (UGC amateurish style, we presume), and the language of foreign films, shot on location in Cornwall, UK. With it, Amerika aims to explore the burning question of just what will be Net Art 2.0? And the small question of the future of cinema. For more on what the movie’s about, watch the video interview below shot for the Tate. The exhibition will run from 20 October until February 2011.

Mark is pretty much a big deal in the world of net art, and he’s the author of experiential hyperlink net-narrative GRAMMATRON, a work of hypertext fiction. It’s the classic story of boy meets “cyberspace, Cabala mysticism, and digicash paracurrencies,” combined with the “evolution of virtual sex in a society afraid to go outside and get in touch with its own nature.” Sounds intriguing, and it is. It’s the first part of his net art trilogy, the second part being PHON:E:ME, “an mp3 concept album with hyper:liner:notes”. The third part, FILMTEXT, is a mongrelized multimedia exploration of digital narratives that crosses over into the real world with live performances along with a website, a museum installation, an ebook, and mp3 album all as part of the piece. If nothing else, check out GRAMMATRON, as it’s a strange experience akin to feeling like you’re the troubled protagonist in a Philip K. Dick novel.

Immobilité still photograph by Serena Rodgers 2007