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.
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!
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.
Fanzine for Electronics and Aesthetics Junk Jet just released their second issue, which examines "Speculative Architecture." Published out of Stuttgart, Germany, each installment of Junk Jet pulls together a chaotic assortment of collage, text, art projects, lists, photographs, and much more. The term "speculative" is used to group "works of unpredictable architectures and volatile spaces within real and virtual environments." One such space could be the empty bedrooms found in booty dancing demos on YouTube minutes before the dancer enters the frame. Olia Lialina writes on Dennis Knopf's Bootyclipse which compiles fuzzy, webcam footage of these domestic interiors, while maintaining their original soundtrack. (This article also appeared as a section in her essay Infinite Seance 2.) The confused comments from non-art seeking YouTube users posted in response to Knopf's video entries draw out a sense of speculation in their attempts to understand what it is they're viewing. 0100101110101101.org's An Ordinary Building also toys with the viewer's expectations. They contribute documentation of this project, in which they placed a plaque on a nondescript building in Viterbo, Italy declaring that the structure "...was designed by an unknown architect in an irrelevant epoch and never belonged to an important person." The sign stands in contrast to others found throughout Italy which detail the history and importance of specific buildings. While Junk Jet's themes are generally quite open (JODI contribute a recipe to this issue), one salient strand seems to be the confusion and suspension which follow speculation, regardless of its architecture.
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