Isolated Elements -- Internet Archive Tumblr Residency

Isolated Elements is a collection of videos created by Ben Baker-Smith, in collaboration with sound artist Evan Kühl, for the Internet Archive’s 2014 Tumblr residency.

Each video is constructed from raw materials hosted by The Internet Archive and selected for their relation to five of the classical elements: space, water, fire, wind, and earth. The classical elements represent a perspective which defines matter in terms of its function; what it does, not what it is. The raw materials for Isolated Elements are treated in a similarly naïve yet pragmatic way, emphasizing the unique aesthetic qualities of digital video over the accurate reproduction of real world imagery.

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