Automatic Update

The Yoshiko and Akiomorita Media Gallery

June 27-September 10 2007

Automatic Update

Welcome to My Homepage.


2003. USA. Video. Directed by Paper Rad


Courtesy of the artists, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and Foxy Production, New York

Paper Rad's compilation of low-tech computer animations celebrates the utopian electronic messiness of the personal home page. Welcome to My Homepage is an assemblage of decorative animated GIFs that have been copied and pasted from the Internet.

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Digital Video Effect: "Editions"


2006. USA. Video. Directed by Seth Price


Still image courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

The work serves as a sampler of Price's editioned videos, providing access to these publicly unavailable artworks. The video is available indefinitely, and was made to consider how the moving image is used and circulated today, whether in the art world or in more popular forums.

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Morrissey Foretelling the Death of Diana.


2006. Norway. Video. Directed by Lars Laumann


Courtesy of the artist

Through an assemblage of obscure links and found material, Laumann’s video suggests that Morrissey, the former lead singer of legendary British band The Smiths, anticipated the 1997 death of Princess Diana. The video is based on a theory found online, one of several conspiracy theories distributed on the Internet.

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Two Minutes Out of Time


2000. France. Video. Directed by Pierre Huyghe


Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York

The video is based on the purchase of a fictional character whose rights were acquired from a Japanese company that produces them for the cartoon industry. As such, it is a sign that has deviated from its original function. The character, Annlee, is now a 3-D animated protagonist in quest of authors, a product discussing her conditions, a bit of humanity.

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Made in 'Eaven


2004. England. Film. Directed by Mark Leckey


Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York

Leckey makes a tongue-in-cheek reference to computer special effects in his film. He shows the pristine surface of a simulated Jeff Koons sculpture, whose contours reflect a warped and inflated version of Leckey's studio in an old Georgian house.

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414-3-RAVE-95


2004. USA. Video. Directed by Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin


Courtesy of the artists, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and Team Gallery, New York

Arcangel and Martin stage what appears to be an amateur, made-for-public-access-television promotional video in which two young men dance in front of black-and-white "infinite-fill" patterns that were used in digital painting programs of the 1980s. Approx.

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Soft Materials


2004. England. Film. Directed by Daria Martin


Courtesy of Maureen Paley, London

The film introduces robots from the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich to two performers, a man and a woman. The film, created during what some call the Digital Revolution, sees a return to the physical object in an arena of embodied play. Ironically, the objects in question are technological creations, and ones that mimic our own animal physicality.

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Sonic the Warhol


2005. England. Video. Directed by Oliver Payne and Nick Relph


Courtesy of the artists and Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York

The starting point of the video was the fact that "nature," as we know it—whether the landscape experienced in the countryside or the settings of nature documentaries—is a constructed and mediated experience. The title makes reference to the artist Andy Warhol and to the 1991 Sega Mega Drive game Sonic the Hedgehog. Sound by Brian Degraw.

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Chapters 1–12 of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" Synced and Played Simultaneously


2006. USA. Video. Directed by Michael Bell-Smith


Courtesy of the artist, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and Foxy Production, New York

The video features a layered and manipulated version of R. Kelly's hip-hopera, paraphrasing the Internet phenomenon of "mash-ups."

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Melter 2


2003. Video. USA. Directed by Takeshi Murata


Courtesy of the artist, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York, and Ratio 3, San Francisco

Takeshi Murata employs an exacting frame-by-frame technique to produce fragmented and abstracted digital imagery. The result is at once organic and totally digital. Sound by Space Machine.

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