Saturday, April 11, 2009

video art vs YouTube

I was shocked to read about how the common person has risen up in audacity and mass numbers to seize, re-factor, and popularize the abstract notions and esoteric practices of video artists, who were represented as having a limited number of tricks of their sleeves.

Artists Unite Against User Generated Content! was the slogan that seemed to be slinking around between the lines. If "everybody's doing it", then what more or different can be brought to the table by the video artist?

If kids are playing around with, and perfecting, all the art toys, how can the video artist stand out and command top dollar, social prestige, and gallery exhibits? If the best video is already on YouTube, why bother with a visit to an installation, where nothing much happens anyway?

If this topic interests you, you may want to read my small posting at Rhizome at the New Museum. It's my first blog post over there, where I archive my best music videos.

"Music Videos for Abandoned Art Galleries"


Also recommended "Moments of Illumination" on Lawrence Jordan's video art: "which includes many of the greatest films ever made by means of cutout collage animation, a range of lyric films that capture the spirit of his life and the lives of other California artists in the late 1950s and early ’60s, and films directly inspired by and incorporating poetry."

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