David Berman is not only a muscian (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains), a poet, cartoonist and blogger, he is also a sculptor and video maker. Via email, David shared some thoughts on his video making making practice.
I started when I got my first cell phone in 2012. A Samsung Convoy. I’ve replaced it a couple times, but I always go back to that model because i know my way around it - and I’m doubtful about other flip-phones videotaking capabilities.
Why? Well, I think it’s the fact that it wont send your video if it’s longer than 18 seconds. Naturally, I like to send my videos to people, so confronted with this constraint I naturally turned to micro docu-drama.
Every one of these conceptual art videos is a complete work. I do not work with fragments.