Pilpop is the moniker of Philipp Beuter, a German video artist who makes short films. This particular piece is a tilt-shift movie of Berlin, showing everyday activity in this beautiful city. Tilt-shift photography is used to create the illusion of Berlin in miniature, making the actual city look like a model, with tiny people moving in a style reminiscent of stop-motion. I particularly enjoy the boy hiding under the boardwalk and the guy who is dropped from the top of a building wearing a harness, but there are all sorts of things going on here. The soundtrack doesn’t hurt either: Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, no.2 makes Little Big Berlin a feast for the eyes and ears. Enjoy!
Video art is a relatively new artistic medium which came about in the 1960s and 70s. Unlike its close relative, film, it does not rely on theatrical convention. Video art is often devoid of actors, dialogue, and plot, focusing instead on the qualities of image and sound. Many video artists create large scale installations in which multiple television or computer screens are grouped together into a larger vision which may contain other artistic elements such as sculpture. One of the pioneers of video art was the Korean American artist Nam June Paik, featured in the video below from a retrospective of his work at the Tate Gallery Liverpool titled Noise.