Our mission is to distribute and archive works of time-based art. Each issue highlights artists working in new or experimental media, whose works are best documented in video or sound.

A Good Place to Stop
Volume 21:

After ten years and hundreds of published works, ASPECT has decided to cease publication. Good gamblers and good artists both possess the same important skill: knowing when to walk away. The ending may be artificial, such as a time limit, or it could be external, as in the case of an authority figure, but the time comes when we must put our pencils down. We may never be done, but we can find “A good place to stop.”

No Junk
with commentary by John Bell

No Junk is a series of videos created in collaboration by Seattle based artist Kayo Nakamura and Providence artist J.R. Uretsky. Initiated by Nakamura in 2009, the No Junk project is an interesting look into a creative world generated by two artists on opposite sides of the United States. The eleven video series is guided by a loose set of...

From Twilight 'til Dawn
with commentary by

From Twilight ‘til Dawn is a video installation giving multidimensional expression to the experience of three soldiers: the filmmaker’s father, an Army paratrooper in the Vietnam era, her friend Henry, an Army paratrooper in the Second World War, and her grandfather, who never directly...

Pulse Machine
with commentary by

This electromechanical sculpture was “born” in Nashville, Tennessee, on 2 June 2012, at 6:18 PM. It has been programmed to have the average human lifespan of babies born in Tennessee on that same day: approximately 78 years.

The kick drum beats the sculpture’s pulse at 60 beats per minute, and the mechanical counter...

Shift Change
with commentary by

From the series In Geolocation: Tributes to the Data Stream.

Twitter estimates there are over 340 million tweets daily, creating a vast sea of digital noise. We select locations then examine Twitter for posts that occurred recently in the surrounding area, utilizing these tweets as the spoken soundtrack. We imagine ourselves as virtual...

The Quitter
with commentary by

"The Quitter" depicts me smoking my last cigarette before attempting to quit. It was shot in two parts (both on Super-8 film), half in 1999 and half in 2005. Like many people who attempt to quit smoking, I have had many "last" cigarettes. Both films (1999 & 2005) are shown simultaneously and are accompanied by a...

Real Snow White
with commentary by

The absurd logic of the "real character" and the extreme discipline of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Disney's Snow White is banned from entering the park in a Snow White costume. We discover that "Dreams Come True" refers to dreams produced exclusively by Disney. Anything even slightly out of control...

Dead End
with commentary by

This experimental short video consists of three segments: workers loading a truck with waste paper to be shipped to China, a night view of Lower Manhattan as shot from DUMBO, Brooklyn, and a list of chief executives at the time this video footage was produced (2007-2008). Credits are a part of actual video. The 2007-2012 is considered the worst...

The Johnny Cash Project
with commentary by Ute Meta Bauer

A "living portrait" of the Man in Black.

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project, and we would love for you to participate. Through this website, we invite you to share your vision of Johnny Cash, as he lives on in your mind’s eye. Working with a single image as a template, and using a...

Sine (digital/analog converter) and Sine reco(r)ded

Sine (digital/analog converter) and Sine reco(r)ded
installation and animation
with commentary by


Sine (digital/analog converter)

A Yellow Eye Without Its Way Twice-Told

A Yellow Eye Without Its Way Twice-Told
4k video, 16mm color film
with commentary by

A Yellow Eye Without Its Way Twice-Told depicts a young man watching an older man clean his rifle while an aging horse snorts and paces in a corral behind him.  Abandoning narrative conventions and plot-advancing devices typically found in Hollywood movies, the film has no orderly progression from problem to resolution and denouement.  Instead, beginning, middle, and end fall away so that there is only a single event until the action is interrupted by an abrupt reverie.

Whether and ETA

Whether and ETA
single channel high definition video
with commentary by

Whether is an experimental video by the collaborative team of Hillerbrand + Magsamen. Whether is about the interaction between family members and how one persons emotions can effect the family dynamic as identities of parent, spouse and child, through the metaphor of fog, veil and reveal one another. What appears to be a typical family dinner becomes surreal as a cloud of fog engulfs and distorts the everyday event and fluctuates between memory, reality and dream worlds.


Three 5:00 excerpts
16mm film
with commentary by Ute Meta Bauer

Territories is an experimental documentary about the Notting Hill Carnival. It locates the event within the struggle between white authority and black youth, in this case over the contested spaces of the carnival, and reflects on its history as symbolic act of resistance. The film makes the case using montage: cutting carnival scenes with archive news reports - police surveillance to rioting in the street - and crossing looks of desire with alienation, from police to reveller, woman to man, man to man.

Untitled (New York)

Untitled (New York)
11:00 excerpt
with commentary by

"This series of videos is composed of sequences in which we see groups of people in the streets from behind. Suddenly, some of them turn around and watch the camera. Each video is shown in slow motion, and the movements of the people are fluid. Unaccompanied by sound, so we don't actually know why these persons turn themselves back. An atmosphere of suspense is created by the gaze of these strangers suddenly looking back the camera.


16mm film transferred to video
with commentary by

Shot at Arcosanti, an unfinished experimental city in Arizona, Portmanteau shows a lone figure in the deserted spaces of the site. The title comes from the definition of "portmanteau," coined by Lewis Carroll: a new word concocted by fusing two different words together. The dual-screen format illustrates the two faces of hope and desolation; it introduces two subjectivities--simultaneous yet fragmented--opening up time and space to its alternates.


ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, a biannual DVD publication, is currently accepting submissions of time-based work for V20: THE CINEMATIC. 

New genres of artmaking are heavily informed by the cultural, formal, and theoretical issues surrounding popular cinema. We seek works that explore the complex relationship between cinema and new media. We will review installation, video, performance, sound and any other work best documented in time-based format. 

ASPECT-EZ is a new series of events and DVD publications coordinated by ASPECT to provide support for emerging artists. These events will be under the auspices of the curatorial team at ASPECT, and produced by young interns and guest organizers.  Deja Vu  is the fourth installment of ASPECT-EZ. For this volume we are seeking time-based works that explore repetition, ritual, nostalgia, found footage, or time in general.


V17: Hi-Tech

V17: Hi-Tech
Spring 2011
Instutions who wish to purchase ASPECT for their use must pay the institutional price. Please contact Old City Publishing for institutional purchases: http://www.oldcitypublishing.com/

Volume 17: Hi-Tech features ten artists working at the intersection of new ideas in art and technology. Its release follows Volume 16: Lo-Tech, and the two function not as a timeline of emerging technologies in art, but as two poles between which most new media artists find themselves working today.

Volume 16: Lo-tech presents nine artists who work with basic, or in some cases antiquated technology, either as an aesthetic or technical choice. As the rate of technological advancement increases, nostalgia for fleeting technologies swells. The term lo-tech also describes modern techniques and equipment that are no longer cutting-edge. Today’s innovative technology is tomorrow’s lo-tech with the accompanying cultural and psychological references, connotations, and baggage.

In these works, bodies cooperate with electricity to transmit signals, stickers function as pixels, plastic letters and water work wonders, video is addressed as construction paper, anthropomorphic shrimp roam the streets, home movies are transformed, an homage is paid to an iconic drumbreak, the mechanics of the view camera are exploited, and neighbors engage through video.

Featuring work by:
• Shannon Castleman, with commentary by Weng Choy Lee
• Matthew Gamber, with commentary by Amani Olu
• Hotel Modern, with commentary by John Bell
• Jeff Kolar, with commentary by Meredith Kooi
   This work is an excerpt. The full work will appear on V.17 Hi-tech.
• LoVid, with commentary by Ed Halter
• Linda Price-Sneddon, with commentary by Nick Capasso
• Joshua Rosenstock, with commentary by Wayne Marshall
• Tore Terrassi, with commentary by Benjamin Lima
• TheGreenEyl, with commentary by Peter Hall

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