News stories overwhelm other news stories, events oust each other from the headlines and ten second items are squeezed out of hourly news bulletins by other things happening in other places. As shrinking mobile devices and expanding networks continually reconfigure our relationships to these events, the role of “the citizen” as participant, reporter and observer takes on new meanings. The Screen features two video works that test the ability of news media to traverse the misalignments of a world somehow made both bigger and smaller by network technology. ‘Cream’ (2014) is a new work by Sydney based artist, Angela Tiatia. An assemblage of videos taken from YouTube, ‘Cream’brings together two events that occurred in mid 2012 – the record-breaking sale of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’, and rioting in Europe spurred by a climate of economic crisis. Also compiled from YouTube content, Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh’s ‘Michael Jackson Motorcade’ (2012) presents silent footage of the pop star’s funeral procession. When reports of the King of Pop’s death hit the news in June 2009 it dominated international headlines. This event coincided with the coverage of civil unrest in Iran’s disputed elections of mid 2009, later dubbed the “Twitter Revolution”. Image: Angela Tiatia, Cream, 2014 © The Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
Angela Tiatia and Shahriar Asdollah-Zadeh curated by Emma Ng
6 Aug 2014 – 30 Aug 2014
Enjoy Gallery Wellington.
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