<videovortex> The Whole World / curated by Ian White

vera tollmann vera.tollmann at gmx.net
Wed Jan 2 15:44:22 CET 2008

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      The Whole World
      Curated by Ian White
      1st January 2008 – 1st March 2008

      The Whole World is a list of lists: a programme of artists’ film
and video and an interactive online exhibition.

      Both a formal device and a political strategy, film and video
that deploys a list as part of its structure often does so with
political intent: to subvert hierarchies, to undermine rationalism or
to reveal contradiction. In contemporary culture the pop chart’s Top
10 has been replaced by an ever-expanding craze for “Top 100s” of
everything from Hollywood genres to celebrity gaffes. The Whole World
attempts to wrestle back the initiative…

      A selection of artists’ film and video that feature lists or
different kinds of taxonomies - visual, audio or textual – are
presented as an online exhibition of extracts. Works by Dalia Neis,
Uriel Orlow, Jean-Gabirel Périot, Michael Robinson and Valerie Tevere
take as their subject such wildly diverse lists as depictions of
saints, everything on Ebay, magazine advertising, our mediated world,
protest, violence and war, the pages of National Geographic magazine
and the words spoken by people on the streets of New York. Text
scrolls across the screen, images flash past, immersive landscapes
ultimately disintegrate. Many things are logged and something is

      At the same time, viewers are invited to contribute to the
programme by uploading their own video list, be that an extract from
an existing work or something made specially for the purpose, to
compile a unique, exponential collection: an extraordinary list of
lists, of the world as we know it – the whole world.
      Submitted work will be selected to join The Whole World as well
as tank.tv's programme on the CASZartscreen in Amsterdam.

      The Whole World is situated somewhere between the absurd and
obsessive enterprises of Flaubert’s eponymous characters Bouvard and
Pecuchet (they hopelessly collect and explore until, exhausted, they
revert to their original jobs as copy clerks) and the Japanese
animated game Katamari in which players roll all matter – objects,
buildings, landscapes, the world itself - into snowballing globes of
stuff. The Whole World is ridiculous and irreverent, ambitious and

      Dalia Neis, Saints, 2005 / Jean Gabriel Periot, 21.04.02, 2002 /
Uriel Orlow, Everything in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green, 2006 / Michael
Robinson, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, 2005 / Valerie Tevere, When I
Say / Valerie Tevere & Angel Navarez, Frequency Allocations / Martha
Rosler, Semiotics of the Kitchen, 1975

      Ian White is Adjunct Film Curator for Whitechapel Gallery,
London, an independent curator, writer and artist. Recent projects
include Kinomuseum for the International Short Film Festival
Oberhausen and a new performance work in collaboration with Jimmy
Robert for STUK, Belgium and De Appel, Amsterdam (2007/8).



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