Interview with Eddo Stern

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Image: Still from "Amongst Fables and Men"


Tonight artist Eddo Stern will host "QQ More", a screening he curated of offbeat fan-made machinima dealing with real-life issues such as drugs, pornography, and death at Brooklyn's Light Industry. The show begins at 8pm and will be followed by a discussion between Stern and Alexander Galloway. I conducted an email interview with Stern about his interest in the phenomenon and its relevance to his own art practice. - Ceci Moss

In gaming parlance, what does "QQ More" mean? How does this relate to the concept behind your program "QQ More"?

QQ is an emoticon that means crying or sobbing - think two big round eyes with lil' tears. The program contains a few real tearjerkers hence the title "QQ More."

When and how did you start working on "QQ More"?

I've spent quite a few too many hours watching fan made machinima from MMOs on fan sites, most of which I would call "vanity videos" -- short films of players' tributes to � themselves, set to emotionally charged music. Then one day I stumbled on a video called Rest in Peace Ignoramus -- a Norwegian World of Warcraft video made by a few guild members to commemorate a fellow guildmate's death -- the video's intended audience appears to be Ignoramus's family and his online friends. The video is uncomfortably intimate, and the production is very amateurish - it runs way too long, has terrible camera control, sappy music and no editing whatsoever but it still will bring you to tears. (Oh pathos, I cannot resist thee!)

After unearthing Rest in Peace Ignoramus and watching the infamous video by Serenity Now about the memorial massacre, I started a more systematic search through fan-made WoW videos and found a few other oddballs -- the selection for QQ ...

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YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES at the New Museum

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Documentation of BLACK ON WHITE, GRAY ASCENDING (2007) a new work by Seoul-based collective YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES commissioned for the New Museum. In BLACK ON WHITE, the artists have expanded their usual single-channel format to create an unprecedented seven-channel installation that evokes a chilling story of abduction and assassination from seven separate points of view, set to an eerily laid-back bossa nova score.



BLACK ON WHITE, GRAY ASCENDING by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES from Rhizome on Vimeo.


BLACK ON WHITE, GRAY ASCENDING is organized by Lauren Cornell, Executive Director of Rhizome and Adjunct Curator, New Museum, and Laura Hoptman, Kraus Family Senior Curator, New Museum.

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