magot

the personal web site of margot mcewen


artist bio:

Margot likes going on the computer. She is attempting to synthesise a new film grammar that reflects the underlying structures of the internet – a language for the ways in which the internet moves.


She is also exploring transcoding (the conversion of one moving image format to another) as an artform unto itself.


links:

youtube
@margotmcewen
twitter
@faux_kosinki
instagram
@margot_movie

work:

film
‘Network Topology’ (2024)
starring
Sarah Cleary and Hazel Branfield
d.o.p.
Jamie Thornham
format
MPEG-1 video in a matroska container
software
Pd, GEM, FFmpeg, Kdenlive
runtime
10 minutes

Network Topology, a means of mapping the structure of computer networks, is transposed into a film grammar through the appropriation, digitisation, and recombination of montage techniques drawn from early cinema, structuralist film, and analogue video art. The film is a superimposition of superimpositions (just as the internet is a network of networks), and a story of two transgender women attempting to find connection.


All software used was free and open-source. All hardware used was second-hand.


Shown as part of the wolf Mad Mad group show at APT Gallery (2024.03.21 - 2024.03.24)



web page
‘Reynaud gifset’ (2024)
format
GIF, WEBP, HTML, CSS
software
FFmpeg, Vim, Firefox

Despite over a century of cinematic development since Émile Reynaud's invention of the parxinoscope, Steve Wilhite's invention of the gif proved there was still an audience for funny little moving pictures. Again with 30 years of advancement in digital video compression, the emergence of the animated webp format shows that same audience still exists.


Linked is the full gifset.



multimedia
‘Akt-Skulpturen’ (2023)
format
WEBP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
software
FFmpeg, ImageMagick, Pd

Initially made in PureData with input from a MIDI controller, this project was rewritten in 2024 using JavaScript so that it could be viewed in a web browser on computers and mobile devices. The figure can be rotated by scrolling horizontally.


Linked is the web browser version.



video
‘Funeral Parade Presents’ (2023)
format
HDV Video, Presented as a DCP
software
FFmpeg, Kdenlive
runtime
22 seconds

A video bumper commissioned by Sarah Cleary, to be shown before ‘Funeral Parade Queer Film Society’ screenings at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.


See the full Funeral Parade Film Programme.



sculpture
‘Goodbye to Language 3DS’ (2022)
format
Stereo M-JPEG Video
software
FFmpeg
hardware
Nintendo 3DS

An extract from ‘Goodbye to Language 3D’ (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014) transcoded to play in the Nintendo 3DS 'Camera' app. The sculpture asks what it means for a film to be accessible and for technology to be obsolete.


In regards to the copyright status of the film being used I refer to Godard himself, "An artist has no rights, only responsibilities."


Linked is a short video documentation of this scultpure with sound.


discailmers:

domain name
I meant to call this web site ‘margot’ but forgot the ‘r’
construction
As with all web sites, this site is permanently ‘under construction’