Highlights from 2008

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In lieu of a "Best of" we've decided to pull together projects, events and developments within the field of art and technology that we felt were noteworthy. Like all year-end reviews, it would be impossible for this list to be entirely exhaustive, however we do hope that it is, at the very least, indicative of some of the most compelling directions and ideas in circulation over the past 12 months. Rhizome staff John Michael Boling and Ceci Moss assembled this list, with input from Caitlin Jones.


  • Heavy Light Screening Organized by Takeshi Murata at Deitch Projects August 23rd
    I (Ceci) viewed this screening at Deitch, but the same program was also organized at the Mattress Factory as part of the exhibition PREDRIVE: After Technology. While curated by Murata independently of the PREDRIVE show, the program serendipitously hits on some of the same themes. It featured new work by Yoshi Sodeoka, Ben Jones, Devin Flynn, Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker, Eric Fensler, Ara Peterson and Dave Fischer, Melissa Brown and Siebren Versteeg, Billy Grant and Takeshi Murata. The videos were followed by live performances by Nate Boyce and Robert Beatty. Murata also screened a number of films on 16mm by experimental animator Adam Beckett, whose work has had little public exposure.

    See "From Bell Labs to Best Buy: Takeshi Murata and Jacob Ciocci in Conversation with PREDRIVE: After Technology Curator Melissa Ragona" on Rhizome
  • Snow Canon (1981) from crystalsculpture

  • Javier Morales's crystalsculpture: 2 /3 /4 YouTube accounts.
    Morales brings together a diverse selection of bootleg art videos, vintage commercials, and other video oddities all culled from his extensive VHS and Laserdisc collection. After watching his uploaded videos, be sure to check out his YouTube favorites on each account.
  • Club Internet, Netmares/Netdreams, Why + Wherefore
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    Favorite Things (2008) - Jordan Wolfson

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    There it is (2008) - Billy Rennekamp

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    Steve Lambert's "Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5" Added to Artists Space's YouTube Commentary Project

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    Artist Steve Lambert just added a video to Artists Space's YouTube Commentary Project, above. For this ongoing series, Artists Space invite artists to select a YouTube video and record their own commentary, which is then uploaded to Artists Space's channel. Lambert deviated a bit from this format by hiring actors to read the commentary posted to the video "Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5." His reasoning is that even "high brow" videos on YouTube generate goofy (e.g. "I like the white tuxedos!") and trivial discussions. His version of the video, with the inclusion of the dubbed comments, was then reinserted into the original conversation as a posted comment.

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    youtube as subject II (2008) - Constant Dullaart

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    John Petrucci Psycho Exercises (2006) - Adam02

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    Alf Shreds (2008) - Brace Pain

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    Def Leppard Shreds / AC DC Shreds (2008) - Champignonniste

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    This is a Def Leppard Parody.

    I made it after I saw a lot of shreds on youtube like StSander and others did. So take it easy, it's only a parody! Have Fun!

    -Champignonniste


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    Various Shreds (2007) - Santeri Ojala (St Sanders)

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    DAY OF SHREDS

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    Shreds are a genre of YouTube videos in which the creator dubs their own solos over a videotaped performance of an original band or musician. Similar to karaoke, the videos poke fun and attempt to undermine the talent or celebrity aura of the musician through their own amateurism. Some of these videos are really quite perceptive and brilliant, and through their humor, present a pointed response to popular culture, fame, and rock stardom. Today we will be posting up select shred videos as well as art projects that are inspired by this genre.

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