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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Random Rules: a YouTube project curated by Marina Fokidis

From Ahmet Ogut's playlist

From Aids 3D's playlist

From AVAF's playlist

From Pablo de la Barra's playlist

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Random Rules: A Chanel of Artists’ Selections from YouTube.
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. Having participated in many YouTube-exchange private gatherings (mainly organised and conducted by artists) it made lots of sense to somehow 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 create a channel (such as this one titled Random Rules, Artists selections from YouTube,). A short of 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 becomes the broadcaster or the artist, the artist become 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. MF.
Artists include Andreas Angelidakis, Aids 3D, AVAF, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Erick Beltran, Keren Cyter, Jeremy Deller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Dora Garcia, Rodney Graham, Annika Larsson, Matthieu Laurette, Ingo Niermann, Miltos Manetas, Ahmet Ogut, Angelo Plessas, Lisi Raskin, Linda Wallace.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Why I love California: Part 3

gallery announcements at KimLight gallery


lovely Malibu bike trails

super cool gallery facades at Cienega


the house in Hollywood of Konstantin Kakanias,


and his beautiful paintings


with remnants of the past (and present)


and lovely dinner with Allegra Pesenti and Christian Louboutin


then partying with Mexican cowboys somewhere below Hollywood blvd


surrounded by amazing women


and dancefloors filled with surprises.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Why I love California: Part 2


Because of semi-abandoned dinosaur parks



joshua trees everywhere,


mineral salt reservoirs,


and the edges of a desert which


meet Death Valley where everything can take your breath away,


a Disney-like cabaret in the middle of nowhere,


and then every street leads to Las Vegas,


a fairy-tale nightmare,


where money is important for losers,


and lights that make you lose your brains