If indie films have a heck of a hard time getting noticed, it's well beyond doubly-hard for video installations to get recognition. In 2005, I got to see OWLS AT NOON Prelude: The Hollow Men at MoMA and it struck me just how many great installations there must be across the globe that I've never heard of. I hadn't planned to sit down and watch the full 19-minute piece, but I was drawn in and found myself joining the ranks who sat down, got comfortable on the hard floor and stared at the screen. If video artists are your cup of tea, and you live anywhere near the Big Apple, you'll be happy to hear that the once-yearly Scanners festival, which screens experimental video, is moving from a yearly to bi-monthly format.

The New York Sun has a great article up about the switch and the blurring between different moving media. As New York Video Festival curator Marian Masone says: "The line between video and film has been blurred. We want to take this kind of work and put it back in the mainstream instead of having a separate festival." The festival has boasted killer talent in the past -- from directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Lars von Trier to the premiere of Cremaster 1. There's lots of quotes and information from media-makers nurtured by the festival, and if you're lucky enough to be in New York this weekend when it screens its two features and 50 shorts, let us know what you thought.
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