Also, I made these films+music for genius industrial designer Jenny Nordberg.
I took part in a “DJ-battle” at Little Finger magazine’s 2 year party at Moderna Muséet Malmö. We were five people (I think?) taking turns mixing records, one each at a time. I suppose the idea of battling comes from old school hip-hop DJ culture, and is deeply embedded within ideas of what “DJ-ing” is. But, how about using the term “cooperative DJ Powerpoint presentation” instead?
Here are the tracks I played, in order. I did not beat mix:
Powell – A Band
Streetwalker – Future Fusion
impLOG – Holland Tunnel Dive
The Lyttle Folk – A’ Soalin’
Version of Warhol’s The Kiss (1963) that emphasises the compression artifacts of YouTube (and in this version also Vimeos compression) through use of simple video editing techniques. This is a 1 min excerpt of first sketch.
Do you remeber Conceptual Art? Ye Olde Conceptualism. Detta verk kan framstå som förnumstigt. Tröttsamt didaktiskt, en slags slutpunkt. Stackars konceptkonsten. Men alltså detta är inte klart. Det är inte slut. Samhällsklimatet idag gör frågan om vilket tillstånd som har mest agens hyperaktuell. Förbildligande av ting, förtingligande av människor, granulerande av text. En spik fasttejpad på handlarlappen. Skenet. Smaken.
So where does this fit?
Just like the white podium manufactured and kept in galleries and other art institutions – why not also make a set of generic art objects? Exhibiting artists can use them if necessary and make them work by arranging, contextualising and situating them in that particualar space and for that occasion.
The frame still works, but you have to decide so. Whithin the frame art, outside everything else. At the same time it is so hopelessly defunct. Context killed it. But then again:
It seems there is now an all-encompassing frame. A Hubble Bubble of potential art. Still, the old frame works, in everyday life. Yeah I see it – that’s a toilet. Categorising is deadly, but useful.
Working against the logic of the strobe; the steady tempo, the quantization, the binary – how to do that and what would be the outcome? Light therapy? Daylight simulation? A Stargate situation?
This track was mixed down from a multi-track device (a digital porta studio). The individual tracks where originally recorded just as sample material and were not meant to be listened to simultaneously. Creativity at its best.
This is my first day at work without a studio/office to work from (in Swedish: ateljé/kontor/studio/lokal/tillhåll/håla). I’m sitting in the public library after a breakfast at a laptop friendly café. You become self-aware in the library. I noticed that when I type I do something between whispering and sub-vocalisation. Also, I started playing this track with headphones on at what I thought was a low volume, except that the headphones wheren’t plugged in so in reality I played it really loud with the head phones functioning as hearing protection: