Intermedia Art

New Media, Sound and Performance

Mark Amerika Interview   2007 - 2008


Production Stills, Mark Amerika
Immobilité production photographs by Serena Rodgers 2007

Mark Amerika remixes personal narrative, philosophical inquiry, spontaneous theories, and cyberpunk fictions that investigate the emergence of digitally constructed identities, fictional personas, narrative mythologies, and collaborative networks.

In this interview, Amerika discusses his mobile film project Immobilité and its relationship to previous work,whilst proposing the notion of aYouTube aesthetic and laying out the context for Net Art 2.0

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The story of Immobilité revolves around three pirate personas. Existing, as if in another time, looking back. The work critically reflects on the fluidity of emerging identities in digital culture from both philosophical and literary (fictional) perspectives. Amerika mixes landscape, portraiture, mobile videography, poetic intertitles and subtitles, along with an original 75 minute soundtrack, to create a provocative story about a dreamworld within our own world.

Immobilité is the first artwork in Amerika’s Foreign Film Series. Amerika refers to the work as ‘a feature-length foreign film shot entirely on mobile phone.’ Shot in Conrwall in the UK, the work includes an original soundtrack by sound artist Chad Mossholder and introduces Camille Lacadee and Magda Tyzlik-Carver, whose characters go by the name of ‘Etc.’ and ‘…’

Download mobile film: Immobilité (.mov, 51 MB)

Excerpt from Immobilité © Mark America 2007 - 2008

Immobilité was produced in collaboration with the University College Falmouth, where Amerika was a visiting artist in residence at iRES in the summer of 2007.