Ways of Something, episode 2, Minute 20
“Ways of Something” is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s BBC documentary, “ Ways of Seeing ” (1972). The project consists of one-minute videos by over 113 network-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of artmaking after the internet. Curated and compiled by Lorna Mills , this remake is based a four-part series of thirty-minute films created by art theorist John Berger and produced by Mike Dibb. In the original films, voice-of-God narration over iconic European paintings offer a careful dissection of traditional “fine art” media and the way society has come to understand them as art. This current project invited artists to respond to what Berger called “learned assumptions” about art in dialogue with the camera and the screen in its reproduction. It is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet. Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices to videomaking, “ Ways of Something” consists of aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media. Ultimately, it turns the highbrow nature of documentary film into a wondrous and disjointed series of alternative outlooks on how artists understand art today.
“Ways of Something” includes the work of over 113 artists in four episodes, Streffen was commissioned for episode 2. The work has been shown extensively internationally, and is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Citation : Streffen, I. (2014) Ways of Something episode 2 Minute 20, digital video exhibited at Transfer Gallery, New York, 6th Sept-1st Oct 2014/Gray Area, San Francisco, 11 Nov 2014/Galerie dé - PAF 2014, Olomouc, Czech Republic, Dec 2014/Photographer's Gallery, London, February 2015/Transmediale, Berlin, January-February 2015/Kino Morava, Vesení and Moravou, Czech Republic, Feb 2015/Vivid Projects, Birmingham, 12 March 2015/Western Front, Vancouver, March 2015/Kurzor Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2015/SAWVideo Media ArtsSpace, Ottawa, July 2015/Project Space six dogs, Athens/Moving Image Istanbul, Istanbul, Sept 2015/Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, Oct 2015/Subterranean Gallery, Kansas/Monitor Gallery, Gothenburg, Oct 2015/The Wrong Digital Arts Biennale, Nov 2015-Jan 2016/Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, March 2016/Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905-2016, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2016-2017/Art Athina, Athens, May 2016/Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, August 2016/HeK, Basle, Oct 2016/Flatpack Festival, Birmingham April 2017/Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil/Museum of the Moving Image, New York, March 2018/Telematic Gallery, San Francisco Sept 22-Oct 20 2018/Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina 2018/SPRING BREAK Art Show, Los Angeles, February 2019
Research Institute : Institute of Art and Design
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