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Mark Amerika
John Vega
Chad Mossholder
Jeff Williams

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technical statement

Our team of collaborators (Mark Amerika, John Vega, Chad Mossholder, Jeff Williams) worked with a variety of tools such as digital video cameras, digital cameras, portable digital audio recording devices, 3-D and web animation programs, computer graphics software, html and text editors, audio editing software, stereo microphones, etc. The images captured for the piece were shot on remote locations including the Haleakala desert landscape, and this required portable yet reliable and powerful technology as well. A small sampling of the technology used includes a Powerbook G3 laptop, a Sony TRV-900 DV camcorder, a Nikon 990 Coolpix Digital Camera, Simpletext, Photoshop, Flash, Vegas, Acid Loops, Quark, Acrobat, etc.

Having said that, the most significant technology used in the creative process associated with our collaborative FILMTEXT project was decidedly non-instrumental, that is, the social network itself. As with all of my previous web-based projects, FILMTEXT grew organically from a seed concept that essentially asked "what is the difference between a work of digital video art, a film, an interactive animation, an audio ebook, and a online novel and an expanded concept of cinema?" Working on the WWW confuses genres, and makes problematic, the creative process in terms of practice, theory, and notions of authorship. The artists who contribute to FILMTEXT as an ongoing work-in-progress all use current hardware and software platforms to manifest their desired digital effects, but the art work itself, once published/exhibited on the Internet, becomes something bigger than any of the constituent artists could have ever expected and this inevitably leads us to question the role of technology even further.