Petra Cortright. VVEBCAM. 2007

Petra Cortright VVEBCAM 2007

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 209 The David Geffen Wing

VVEBCAM is a portrait of the artist as a computer user whose primary mode of existence is recording and being watched. Departing from the direct-to-camera address typical of early video art and the ubiquitous selfies of today’s social media, VVEBCAM features Cortright sitting impassively in front of a webcam as she manipulates the clip art moving around her face. The video was made for YouTube, where the artist initially exploited the comments section of the website as much as the video itself, using keywords to attract viewers searching for erotic or offensive content and sabotaging their expectations.

Gallery label from 2020
Medium
Webcam video (color, sound)
Duration
1:43 min.
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
689.2019
Copyright
© 2021 Petra Cortright
Department
Media and Performance
Research in progress; information about this work may be incomplete.

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