WikiVideo (Accursed Share), Single Channel Video, TRT 4:35, 2012
The WikiVideo series creates a simple juxtaposition: video shot by myself, typically on lower resolution cameraphones or digital cameras, is overlaid with audio that is a reading directly from a Wikipedia page of various subjects.
The text is thus informative but of course its content is subject to the Wiki process - produced by multiple, sometimes anonymous individuals; often with massive gaps of information; of questionable accuracy; and constantly subject to change, such that the text that is recorded today may be different from that of tomorrow. The subject matter of the text varies but tends to focus on elements of economics, sexuality, and culture.
The mechanical voice of the text-recognition software produces a curious distancing as well; more personal than a robot, but less so even than a vocoder voiceover, it suggests both the humanness and anonymity of the Wiki process, but also the excess of image production. Its ability to correctly pronounce unusual words but misidentify common ones adds to the distance of the explication.
WikiVideo (Freebies), Single Channel Video, TRT 10:32, 2012
WikiVideo (Economics), Single Channel Video, TRT 2:47, 2012
WikiVideo (Message Transmission Optimization Mechanism), Single Channel Video, TRT 4:21, 2012
WikiVideo (Solar Anus), Single Channel Video, TRT 4:21, 2012
WikiVideo (Cathexis), Single Channel Video, TRT 1:50, 2012
WikiVideo (Accursed Share/French), Single Channel Video, TRT 4:42, 2012
ATM, Single Channel Video, Excerpt RT 3:16, TRT 20:14, 2012
ATM combines audio from pornography and moving images stripped from appropriated television commercials of food. Production, consumption, and marketing of food, particularly in the United States and other Westernized countries, constantly accelerates and swings between corporate consistency to locavore particularity. Our food consumption and waste becomes more obscene than actual pornography.
The commercials themselves evoke pornographic styles of filming - squirting money shots of liquids, close-ups, often ecstatic noises of pleasure. The quality of the appropriated footage itself varies just as does the pornography flooding the internet – from retro and amateur to high definition and professional.
ATM is a tastefully abbreviated acronym for a porn act/genre meaning “Ass to Mouth”. The obvious fetishization of degradation but also “bad” hygiene is both amusing and culturally telling, inverting our obsessions with cleanliness. The juxtaposition of the verbal cues in the audio with food images also creates a nice reversal (food goes from mouth to ass, generally). The term also doubles as our shorthand for Automatic Teller Machines, or where we withdraw cash. This is part of a series with different soundtracks – straight, gay, and lesbian porn – for each video.