The above clip comes from a recent Italian movie titled “L’amore e’ imperfetto”. In one of the scenes, the guy’s striptease, you can see the poster we designed for our fake movie United We Stand, hanging on a wall. We don’t know how our work ended up there, but we find it interesting. Is it there as an artwork, hanging on the wall of a supposed art collector (the guy doing the striptease)? Or is it a movie poster, put there tongue-in-cheek by the movie director, who’s playing with his own audience? Or, finally, is it there just as a poster and no one realized the movie never existed? I guess they are all true, it depends on who is the audience…
“Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead?”, by Hito Steyerl
We are posting it on a Vietnamese social network. Follow the project at http://befnoed.tumblr.com/
Here is today’s crowdsourced performance, we publish them daily on obscure social networks around the world, follow the project at http://befnoed.tumblr.com/
We spent the last six months on the most obscure, peripheral, forgotten social networks around the world, in Cambodia, Russia, China, Zambia… And came back with a new work: BEFNOED.
We are giving instructions to anonymous workers to realize webcam performances. The performers are hired through crowdsourcing services, so we do not know who they are, where they are, or even their motivations. The resulting videos are dispersed on social networks you may never have heard of.
Links to new videos are posted daily at befnoed.tumblr.com
Great review on today’s Village Voice of our current show at Postmasters gallery, by Christian Viveros-Fauné.
Three works from the second series of Agreements, now on view at Postmasters Gallery, New York. We bought the idea from artists group Alterazioni Video, they are photos printed on deformed plastic. The “originals” can be seen here.
Unlike the original work in our version the subjects are all stock images.
The second work of the series Agreements: Agreement n.1 (Internet image search result for “guest” printed on various objects by online services), as installed at Postmasters gallery.
The same image is printed on mug, pillowcase, lamp and book.
The original work by Kevin Bewersdorf looked like this. It’s interesting to see how the same set of instructions can generate very different results.
The first work of our new series Agreements is titled Agreement n.1 (Internet image search result for “exhausted” printed on various objects by online services).
This is how it is currently installed at Postmasters gallery, New York. The image is printed on blanket, wristlet, dog leash, yoga mat and flip-flops.
We bought the idea of the work from artist Kevin Bewersdorf, and made a very similar version. The “original” can be seen here.
Along with the work we exhibit the agreement between Kevin and us.
Since we got asked a lot of questions about our Agreements here are a couple of crucial points of the project:
We are not buying a physical object (like a painting or a photograph) but the rights to make copies, or versions, of that work. What we are buying is the idea behind the work, not it’s physical manifestation.
Also, this it not an exclusive sale: the artist who sells the idea is free to keep doing whatever she wants with that work. The only difference is that now we are also free to do whatever we want with the same work.