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Posted by Lindsay Harrop at 1:34PM
In the Sweet Bye & Bye

Blog posting written by Lindsay Harrop, Cinema & Photography '13, FLEFF Intern, McMinnville, Oregon

I'm here in Park 220 where Philip Mallory Jones is having a FLEFF Lab. (You can see what fellow FLEFF Intern Blogger Matthew Reis had to say about Phil's multimedia presentation yesterday by clicking here.) Phil ran the Ithaca Video Festival, which existed from 1975-84, which was the first video art festival in the United States, and, as moderator Patty Zimmerman put it, "really contributed to legitimating video art as an art form." Phil's work had been exhibited on every continent and he is one of the pre-eminent figures in video and new-media art.

PZ: What is provocative, interesting, alluring about working in synthetic worlds for you as an artist?
PMJ: "Working in synthetic worlds is this familiar place that is also a new place. I've always made things - been compelled to fabricate things. And for me, that's fundamentally magical. To create illusions is another abiding interest and part of that is the reason why I started writing seriously in the last sixties writing fiction. Synthetic worlds, which I discovered in late '06, is a return to that. It's an entirely plastic world and I can bring anything into it. I have the possibility of creating experience. The point is to create an experience for the one who encounters it. That is imagination.

The synthetic environment has capabilities we've never encountered in the human world. There are capabilities in this realm we haven't seen replicated anywhere else. And what it means is that the people working in this are writing the book on what this is. For me, one of the intriguing possibilities is the re-invention of language."

There are 16 of us here and having a really great time talking with Phil and hearing about his experiences working with media and how he's been involved in the evolution of media. Phil's now presenting his installation "In The Sweet Bye & Bye" - which he describes as immersive media. If you're in Park, come join us!

Also, get excited for the meet-up with Franklin Lopez, director of END:CIV and George Bush Don't Like Black People, here at 2:00! See you there!

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