<videovortex> random rules
geert at xs4all.nl
Thu Mar 26 08:30:08 CET 2009
Random Rules - A Channel of Artists' Selections from YouTubecurated by
Contact: Marina Fokidis
mfokidis at oxymoron-art.com
Artists: Andreas Angelidakis, Aids 3D ( Daniel Keller and Nick
Kosmas) , assume vivid astro focus, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Eric
Beltran, Keren Cytter, Jeremy Deller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique
Gonzalez Foerster, Dora Garcia, Rodney Graham, Annika Larsson,
Matthieu Laurette, Ingo Niermann, Miltos Manetas, Ahmet Ögüt, Angelo
Plessas, Lisi Raskin, Linda Wallace.
The history of moving image seems to have 'seriously' diverted from
its canonical route ever since the launch of YouTube, in 2005, the
website which made possible for anyone who could use a computer to
post a video that millions of people could watch within a few minutes.
More effectively than ever before, amateur videos, music videos,
footages of films, commercials and news segments as well as artists'
videos (in lesser numbers) mingle together, in a random way, free of
any short of predetermined hierarchy or system.
Does amateur culture have undervalued artistic expertise?
Some would argue that this is true; however, it is neither a major
concern nor a pragmatic threat. During the last decades, there have
been a lot of debates about expertise versus amateurism or around the
idea that everyone is an artist, etc, that it would be redundant to
renegotiate these notions anew. Maybe it is more interesting to focus
on the gaps and the relations between the systems of the art market
and a more open mass culture market, to find some answers, which will
not be fixed in anyway. Even if artists, in some cases, are reluctant
to upload their works in there (at least up to now) due to
reproduction and copyright issues, they still seem to frequent YouTube
for inspiration, collecting information, socializing, communication,
activism or entertainment, among other reasons! Active use of YouTube
is a short of curating, where different 'playlists' of people are the
exhibitions and 'tagging' is a process of a random archiving.
In a time that invitations for YouTube-exchange private gatherings
become regular, seemed to make lots of sense to explore what YouTube
means to a specific intellectual community, by asking a number of
artists to select videos already exciting in YouTube and create their
own playlists. The idea was to form a YouTube channel, a short of a
paradoxical archive, or an emission in an independent media (such as
YouTube) which includes all these playlists, each under the name of
the artist-selector. In that plot, the uploader or the broadcaster
becomes the artist, the artist becomes the curator or the collector,
and the viewers exceed by far the number that can be contained into a
normal screening room, since the channel is to be watched in a black
cube setting and online at the same time.
Through the combination of this specific set of artists -as selectors-
the aim remains always to come up with an anthology of different
voices existing within the YouTube context. Perhaps, by watching this
channel one could come across the notions of political, private,
humor, narcissism, pop and DIY culture and distribution, -among
others- as they result from various personal accounts in YouTube today.
Launched at Pulse, Contemporay Art Fair NY, 5th March 2009
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