Mobile Video Interviews

Mobile Video Interviews

Luther Blissett @ Gatov North

This week the CSULB School of Art Gatov-North art gallery presented Luther Blissett’s encyclopedic installation Fear & Loathing with Darko, a dense, cavernous presentation of ephemera and detritus from Blissett’s years of pixel smuggling with notorious art provocateur Darko Maver. I met up with Blissett, Maver, and their sometimes collaborator Charles Rosenthal at the School of Art, Art Gallery Courtyard for lunch. Our meal was catered by French chef Rrose Sélavy who served us honey and gold leaf. After serving us Sélavy prepared rabbit for some evening guests. While cooking Sélavy tried to explain Blissett’s installation to the rabbit. I’m uncertain of her success.

Remarkably Blissett covered every inch of the Gatov North gallery with materials from his adventures with Maver. I don’t think I could see the floor or walls at all. In the video clips I’ve embedded here I try to give you a sense of the installation and also some dialog of Blissett explaining his ideas.

Madison Vanden Berg, Nallely Silva & Glenn Zucman posing in the CSULB School of Art, Art Gallery Courtyard
Madison Vanden Berg, Nallely Silva & Glenn Zucman

Twitter Video

Flickr Video

up to 90 seconds

Vimeo & YouTube

Here’s the same clip recorded on my phone and then uploaded to Vimeo & YouTube. The YT version has been processed with YT’s Image Stabilization algorithm.

Mobile Video Test from Glenn Zucman on Vimeo.

Artist Marty Knop, Marina Barnes

Gibson & Alexx / Flickr

Veronica Meza / Flickr

Note that unlike still pix, Flickr doesn’t let you rotate videos after you upload them, so be sure to start the video with your phone held the right way!

ID Cards / Instagram


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Live Blogging

Hi Art110! Here’s a small segment of “Live Blogging.” Live Blogging is pretty much like “regular” blogging, except the idea is to do it… live! In the context of a conference or event it means that you’d use mobile platforms like WordPress or Twitter to post quick things as the event took place.

For Art110 Artist Conversations, the idea of “posting instantly” is less important than the idea of using quick and easy tools like mobile video.

Embedding Twitter

One nice way to assemble a post is with Twitter Video. Twitter’s got apps for iOS & Android and on both platforms you can shoot up to 30 seconds of video per post. That’s really cool for showing us what an installation or series of works in a gallery looks like. And it can be a nice way to share the experience of talking with the artist if you can get your phone close enough to the artist to get semi-decent audio. Semi-decent audio requires you to be quite close. Otherwise it sounds like they’re talking in a gigantic trash can.

While you can post Twitter Video from your phone, I couldn’t find a way to embed from the phone. I could paste the link from my phone, but that’s a pretty crummy live blog. However it was pretty easy to shoot phone video and then just pull out a laptop or dash to the Spidel Center or Horn Center to embed the Video Tweets on my WordPress blog.

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Just click the 3 dots, “•••” (“More”) under your Tweet and select “Embed Tweet”

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Then copy that “embed code”

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Pasting embed codes can get messed up in “Visual” editing mode, so click “Text” editing mode in the upper-right to do your paste. You can go back to visual after that.

Live Blogging Artist Conversations

If you’d like to give it a try in any of weeks 13, 14, or 15, you can Live Blog instead of writing. You still need at least a bit of intro text on your page. You still have to really be careful to get the artist’s name, the title of the show, the name of the gallery, and the titles of any individual artworks spelled correctly. And you still have to TAG the gallery!

You can do 3 or more 30-second videos, 2 of the artist talking and 1 of the show, in place of the “3 Analytic Paragraphs” of writing. Twitter’s a great choice for this, but you can also use other mobile video apps as long as they can do at least 30 seconds of video and as long as they can embed the video, not just link to it.


  1. You have to ask the artist’s permission. For all kinds of reasons an artist might not want to be on video. In that case you’ll still have to write the exhibition up as normal.
  2. You have to be able to get decent video and audio. This might mean waiting till the latter part of the class when the artist isn’t surrounded by 20 of us.
  3. You have to embed the video on your post, so we can see a preview of it and play it right on the post itself. Not just a link.
  4. I do recommend Twitter for this on both iOS & Android. You’re welcome to use anything else as long as it records at least 30 seconds of video with audio. (ie, not 15 seconds or 6 seconds)
  5. If you’d like to edit together a single video and upload it to Vimeo or YouTube, that’s great. If you make 1 video that’s at least 90 seconds long, with a minute or more of ideas from the artist and a look at the show, you’re good.

Classmate Conversations

You could optionally also try Classmate Video Conversations. The same rules apply. 3 x 30 seconds embedded on your post. You have to get permission. If your classmate would rather not be on video, please just write it up.


Ask me!

Alexis Chanes / Flickr

Cruz Valdez / Flickr

Kat / Instagram

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