In Flash Artifacts (2009), Danny Snelson and João Enxuto re-edit selections from UbuWeb’s streaming video archive, exploring the conditions that momentarily “clothe and house” classic avant-garde film and video works. In particular, this editorial exercise investigates online versions of media-reflexive cinema, reprograming works designed to address media technologies now verging on obsolescence.
A hidden magic is revealed in these works as they’ve found themselves mixed up in the contextual economy of UbuWeb. Interweaving, juxtaposing, and re-editing dozens of films and videos from the UbuWeb archive, we attempt to resurface the more remarkable moments of digital prescience: rewiring these essential historical works as allegories of online distribution networks, internet-specific poetics, media encoding technologies, and the peculiarities of our rapidly expanding social networks.
Collaboration with João Enxuto