Art torrents

Thanks to Infinite Thought for hinting towards a world of bandwidth destruction that I’d only dreamed of before. It seems that there’s new(ish) web of bit torrent trackers dedicated to disseminating out of print, lost and otherwise impossible to find films. It’s as though all of those VHS and Beta tapes previously tucked away in art school A/V libraries have begun emptying out onto the net.

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*Clips from the collection Tout Debord (the French do like their puns)

Karagarga is the clear leader of the bunch. It even has a manifesto which sets out its program of expanding filmic knowledge, building a permanent distributed archive of rare films, and encouraging custom subtitling by its contributors. China-based Cineman Obscura is smaller and similar in spirit, though it warns users to steer clear of discussing “Sino politics” out of deference to its hosts. Art Torrents blog keeps watch over the whole scene, noting particularly interesting uploads and discussing many of them at length. It also distributes works contributed by a number of artists and academics.

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And if you’re looking for equally obscure music, try The Avant Garde Project: “a series of recordings of 20th-century classical-experimental-electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.”

2 Responses to “Art torrents”

  1. intrudah Says:

    I had no idea indie movies were available findings no public sites dont get much better then early woody allen and jean luc godard films.

    You wouldn’t happen to be able to get me access to Karagarga??

    I’ve been an avid OiNK user which fuels my love of rare music but as far as movies I feel cut off


  2. paul Says:

    i wish i had invites for karagara but i’m afraid i don’t. keep checking them though because i think they open it up periodically.