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...

We are pleased to announce the release of ASPECT Volume 15: Influence & Reference. For the purposes of publishing in ASPECT, the definition of New Media is anything better documented with a video camera than a still camera. However, the broader definition of New Media is still vigorously debated. At ASPECT we believe that there are two definitive qualities of this genre of art: that the materials are in a constant state of flux and evolution, and that artists practicing within this field tend to find their inspiration outside the art world.

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