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Talking about analog video art practices with artist Misha Lozovoy

Misha Lozovoy introduces herself as a video artist, best known for her use of analog video hardware. He tells STIR: “I am best known for my videography work. I often direct, film and edit music videos, as well as run and project live images at concerts to create live audiovisual experiences, a practice known as ‘VJing’. I also create long viewers for albums and mixes as part of online music festivals or VHS releases. This has led me to the absurd but fantastic enterprise of selling hundreds of original VHS tapes on platforms usually used to sell music! “

Still from 'Sad B * tch', 2022, video still, variable dimensions, YOVOZOL |  Sad whore | YOVOZOL, |  Ironing world
A catch from Sad whore2022, video still Image: courtesy of Misha Lozovoy

At the moment, Lozovoy has been VJ at shows for more than three years. While his early performances have been relegated to dimly lit local bars for his friends’ bands, the past two years have seen him perform several times at a venue called “The Burl”, which Lozovoy considers the ideal size for viewing. he. set up, with an internal capacity of about 400 people. He has also recently started VJing in outdoor concerts.

Helios VHS catalog, photos, variable dimensions, YOVOZOL, Luxury Elite |  Helios VHS |  Ironing world
Catalog of Helium VHSphoto Image: Courtesy of Misha Lozovoy and Luxury Elite

Lozovoy is 21 and from Lexington, Kentucky, USA. While he was born in the United States, his larger family comes from Russia. He is currently completing his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky with a major in Digital Media and Design and a minor in Russian Studies. Thinking about what inspires him, Lozovoy tells STIR: “I was initially heavily inspired by a friend named Travis Hall, who was the first person I ever met – and the only person in my area who was a regular VJ. for a psych rock band called Sweet country meat boys – using a software called Resolume, and MIDI controllers connected to its powerful PC. Since then, I’ve met other live visual artists in the Midwest and the South, many of whom perform with “liquid lights”, which are essentially colored oils pressed between sheets of glass, just like psych rock bands did over the years. ’60 and ’70. ” Lozovoy has worked with a variety of artists and performers, and in February of this year he also worked on glitched analog imagery with famed digital artist “Tachyons +” in Jacksonville, Florida for a festival called Winterland IV. He goes on to mention: “I’ve also befriended other artists who use digital software like Resolume or Touch Designer to create live images. I’ve always been inspired primarily by viewers. And by the fascinating visual aesthetics they present. It would be a very long article if I listed. all the art I’m influenced by! “

Music video excerpt from Akiaura’s silence2021, video clip Video: Courtesy of YOZOVOL and Ryan Celcius

In a conversation with Lozovoy, the question of creative culture arises. One wonders if one sees himself as part of the glitch arts movement, some other creative cultural movement, or as some sort of independent agent. He responds to this by telling STIR: “Right now, I would consider myself more a part of the VJ community than specifically the ‘analog glitch art video’ scene on the Internet; lately my life has increasingly revolved around live music. Regardless, many people are interested in my work because I use analog video hardware, modified or unmodified, as part of the workflow in my projects. It is true that analog video hardware is an important component in the process that gives mine music videos look distinctive, but I have to say that most of my time is spent within software environments like Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects in order to get the best possible results with my hardware. This is especially true for most of my work published in the last year, as I have improved with the entire Adobe Suite. Quite a few people seem to think that I work exclusively mind with the hardware, even down to the level of cuts. For me it would be madness! The only reason I use analog equipment is because I have been working with digital cameras and video editing software since I was 14, and it is only very recently that I have started to feel skilled enough to take my mostly digital works to the next level. next with analog video equipment. Lozovoy is often quite surprised when he receives messages from people trying to enter the world of analog videomaking, who claim to have little or no experience with shooting or editing video. He finds it rather behind and says that people need to understand the basics of video, or art in its broadest sense, before they think about adopting analog technology. He goes on, going back to the question of creative culture, and says, “I understand that many people are more fascinated by technology than art made with it, but I’m not one of those people at all. I would rather sell all my video equipment to create. other art than pigeonholing me in “glitch art” forever. ”

Taken from Helium VHSvideo Video: Courtesy of YOVOZOL and Luxury Elite

However, this is by no means to be seen as some admission of contempt for the glitch arts community. Lozovoy claims to have a high degree of respect and admiration for the artists he meets on the Internet, who compose beautiful compositions and short videos that highlight the otherworldly aesthetic produced by analog video hardware; work that undoubtedly requires countless hours of preparation and assembly. He is even looking for such professionals who have entered the world of cryptocurrencies. “I’ve also seen and heard of many glitch artists who inhabit spaces like NFT markets. This is something that really turns me on, but I haven’t really delved into it very seriously yet. TikTok also has a scene and artists like “analog_mannequin” have exposed so many young people to the wonders of this old technology. The more I discover new glitchy artists, the more I see myself as a small part of this “analog video in the 21st century” scene that has sprung up in the last decade. For that I am very grateful for the people who found me as a prime example, through my YouTube videos or whatever, “Lozovoy tells STIR.

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Artist Misha Lozovoy, 2022, photograph Image: courtesy of Misha Lozovoy

Lozovoy concludes his interview by saying, “Another thing I want to say is that glitch art is not synonymous with analog video, although it is easy to equate the two. I believe glitch art is a much larger movement within the realm. of the deliberately vague term “new media art.” Glitch art can be as much an attitude as it is a process. Glitch art, in essence, is doing something you “shouldn’t do” with technology or any medium in reality, so it doesn’t have to be limited to analog video!

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