<videovortex> Constant Dullaart: "On Video Replies and YouTube as a Sculpture"

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Fri May 21 09:21:31 CEST 2010

Talk 6 on May 25 (Tue), 7 pm @ BTK Berlin

Constant Dullaart: "On Video Replies and YouTube as a Sculpture"


The Drop Shadow Talks *prolonged*


The digital drop shadow is the most popular effect in computer  
graphics today. Easily applied, it made its way to modern graphic  
design and advertising. It raises typography and objects from a  
flattened background into three-dimensionality—and thus significance.
With the current generation of operating systems the drop shadow  
effect entered the graphical user interface to a new extent. In this  
context it raises not only windows from background wallpapers; it also  
stands for a visually enriched interface that strives towards three- 
dimensionality. Loaded with rich imagery, photorealistic icons and  
pseudo three-dimensional configurations the graphical user interface  
yet remains tied to its ?at medium.

Bewildered by this paradox, the graphical user interface leaves the  
office it was made for and becomes a pop culture phenomenon.
The Drop Shadow Talks reply to current developments on the visually  
enriched layer for machine interaction. In the shades of evening  
lectures the Drop Shadow Talks present art and projects influuenced  
and inspired by the baroque graphical user interface.

This Talk

Constant Dullaart is a rising star that the exhibition circuit and the  
Drop Shadow Talks can no longer do without. Fresh from the  
Rijksakademie, he can always be found showing his work somewhere. He  
is a critic of the medium, highly active on the Internet, and is an  
equally talented critic of himself and of his vocation of contemporary  
visual artist. Constant Dullaart’s artistic strategy is not an unusual  
one: he investigates the newest medium that art offers him. But how  
different is Dullaart’s investigation of his medium from that of his  
predecessors in the history of art? What consequences does it have for  
the medium itself? In his Drop Shadow Talk Constant will show his  
recent works like “YouTube as a Sculpture” and “DVD Screensaver  
Performance” and explain why video replies play a significant role in  
his artistic practice. The talk will be in English.



The talks are located at Berliner Technischen Kunsthochschule
in room J/K.
Admission is free.
Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule (BTK)
Hochschule für Gestaltung (FH)
Bernburger Straße 24-25, D-10963 Berlin

johannes p osterhoff, M.A.
Dozent für Text und Interaktion
Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule (FH)
University of Applied Sciences
Bernburger Str. 24-25, 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 25358708
Fax. +49 30 26949605

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