robZtv vol.2 : August 28 2003 - February 9 2004
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(Jun 23, 2010)
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Since February 2003, Robert Zverina has filmed tens of thousands of unscripted digital video shorts using only an ever-present pocket camera. Of these, the best have been selected and compiled into a 48-hour magnum opus which reveals a visually exact, deeply involved, and slightly eccentric view of the world. Inspired by a childlike sense of wonder as well as bemused curiosity about human behavior, robZtv is an unprecedented film series sure to be valued for its aesthetic and documentary qualities.
In the tradition of decisive moment street photography, these brief motion pictures are reflexive responses to life as it is lived, offering fleeting glimpses of pure visual poetry that are by turns funny, serious, and sublime.
Candid clips show friends and strangers at work, play, and exploring the world around them. Real people in quotidian situations elevating everyday life to exaltation. ?
Presented exactly as filmed, hundreds of video snapshots 30 seconds or less are compiled in a simple chronology from which a loose narrative emerges, the fragmented memoir of an engaged observer.
On this disc, 813 individual clips in 120 minutes are presented in convenient looping play, making this ideal background visuals for social gatherings or just zoning out alone or with others. Unpretentious and curiously addictive, this unique cinematic experience might just change the way you see the world.
Highlights on this volume:
bike Amsterdam, Dutch tv, Prague Metro, Sestka, Jiriho z Podebrad, Muzeum steps, Uz Jsme Doma Rybi Tuk sessions, Czech tv, ex-pats, Astorie, dial-up, studio horns, ringtones, Uz Jsme Doma @ Novy Bor, Rybacek glass studio, trams, slanted escalators, Hradcany, Cyklojizda (Prague Critical Mass), auto*mat @ Roxy, UJD @ Supa Molly, bike Berlin, Vecernicek, Vltava River, CarFree Day Praha, illiterate typist, Fakelish, Zizkov, night tram, I Am an Artist, Fremont Sunday Market, Canned Hamm, Amtrak Empire Builder to Pittsburgh, Kavage home movies, piano shenanigans, Chicago, Sears Tower, Seattle snowstorm, street sledding, DJ Miso the Mi, pierced thumb nail extraction, Intelligence @ Sit-n-Spin, Country Teasers, dust poisoning, Zverina Everything &nd More assembly, Mr. Pussy, Targy's, Rodman Miller, home gamelan, Discovery Park, gas station runoff, boogie woogie, EPA investigator, ConWorks, Sarah Kavage studio, Deaniac, Shred-It, Priceless Works Gallery
"You are never bored, only longing for a few more seconds here or there, to know what becomes of something, to hear the end of the sentence. It makes you aware of your capacity for seeing and taking in and interpreting. It is all generosity."
~Emily Hall, The Stranger
"Abstract and beautiful yet utterly lived in. Slices of life so pure, they collapse the distinction between cinéma vérité and visual poetry."
~David Andrews, author of Theory of Art Cinemas ?
"Zverina finds eccentric grace in the commonplace. For him, reality is an exalted state, and his praises are stripped bare of sentimentality by the casual and democratic way he distributes them."
~Regina Hackett, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ?
"Mesmerizing: you don't know how long each clip lasts and you have no idea what the next subject will be. A cat? A street scene? Making a purchase? Riding a train? The briefness of each segment, punctuated with a 1-second empty interval between each, leaves you wanting just a little bit more--yet also happily anticipating the next segment. Channel surfing ordinary life, if you will."
~Jeanine Anderson, Now Now Now
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