Christin Bolewski

still life in motion

wall-mounted video painting, single screen video installation, digital animation; 8,25 min, HDV, 2005
created as part of SONY Bravia Motion Art Project, curated by Marcel Odenbach;


Still life in motion is a single screen video art installation created as part of the SONY Braviamotionart project to test and promote the artistic potential of their newest High Definition Video and flatscreen technologies. The project was curated by the international established German video artist Marcel Odenbach and is testing cooperative forms of art creation between independent artists and a major brand.
The work is a research into the new artistic genre of the ambient ‘video painting’, which can be characterized (according to the theory of ‘remediation’ of Bolter and Grusin) as a hybrid form between still and moving image practice that relies on a multilayered video stream and the play of slow gradual transition.
The classical genre of the still life painting is reinvented as an object of modern video art. The canvas is replaced by a large HD flatscreen, expanded by perspective of time and space reconstructing and deconstructing the issues of the still life genre at the same time.
Exploring the possibilities of modern digital video processing the motif gets fragmented through a collage of established traditional film codes revealing techniques of cubistic painting practice representing issues of time and space perspective.
The work was distributed in different ways. It was first presented at the international art fair ‘ARTCOLOGNE 2005’ in Germany and at other international media art exhibitions in Europe and South America. It won a special mention at ORILLA'06, Museo Arte Contemporaneo Santa Fe, Argentina. A limited video art edition of 250 DVD copies has been distributed by SONY. The aesthetics of this new moving image practice and the performance of time in video paintings have been analysed in academic papers presented together with the work at international conferences such as CADE 2007 Perth Australia, DRHA 2007 Dartington UK, ‘Performance Research’ Journal.
Bolewski, C., ''Still Life in Motion - The Performance of Time in Video Painting'', Performance Research, 114, December 2006, pages 63-66, ISSN 1352-8165.
Bolewski, C., ''Still Life in Motion: A Hybrid between the Still and Moving Image'',, Revista de Arte, Ciência e Comunicação, 7, November 2007, ISSN 1646-3463, [WWW] Available from:
''Ambient Video - a Development of New Moving Image Aesthetics Through the Use of High Definition Video and Flatscreen Technology”, DRHA - Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts 2006, Dartington College of Arts, Devon, 3-6 Sept 2006
''Ambient Video - A Development of New Moving Image Aesthetic Through the Use of HD Video'', ACTS 2006 - International Symposium on Artists, Curators and the Screen, University of Portsmouth, School of Creative Arts, Film and Media, University of Portsmouth, 10-19 Nov 2006
Still Life in Motion: Video Painting - New Moving Image Aesthetics”; 5th Hawaii International Annual Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, 12th January 2007, page 537, ISSN 1541-5899.
''Video Painting: A Hybrid between the Still and Moving Image''; CADE Conference - Computers in Art and Design Education, Biennale of Electronic Arts; Curtin University of Technology Perth, Australia, 12th September 2007, page 30-35, ISSN 1-74067-530-4.
International Art Fair ARTCOLOGNE, Cologne Fair,  27.10.-01.11.2005, SONY Bravia Motion Art
Digitales Forum - Think digital, 27. Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, K4 Galerie Saarbrücken, Germany; 22.-29.01.2006
SONY Bravia Motion Art; Gallery Gabriele Rivet Cologne, Germany, 07.07.06-21.07.06
10th Videomedeja Festival; Yugoslav Video Art Association, Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad Serbia, 15-17.12.2006
International Videofestival Bochum; Musischen Zentrum der Ruhr - Universitat, Bochum; 18-20.05.2006
4th China International Gallery Exposition 2007 Special Event: CIGE Multi-Media Arts International Lab & Forum; China World Trade Centre, Beijing, 03.-06.05.07
 ‘VAD’, International Video and Digital Arts Festival: Casa de Cultura de Girona & CC la Merce, Gerona Spain; 17-21.10.2007
20th Instants Video Festival NUMÉRIQUES ET POÉTIQUES,
Cinema MK2 Paris, France; 06.11.2007, group screening
Centre Culturel Francaise of Gaza, Palestine, 09.10. 2008ng
Images Contre Nature - Video Experimentale; Espaceculture, Les Lices, & Videodrome, Marseille, France; 19.0.08 - 07.07.08
Journal of Short Film, Volume 22, 2011, DVD-publication