Tom Moody
Since 2002
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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Ha ha, just realized that link opens in a new tab or window so it only compounds the sound problem. My kingdom for a moderator.

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Hi, Guthrie,
First off, sorry for engaging my psycho-stalker on this page, who is now posting sound files and such. Hard to have a conversation with that kind of kindergarten stuff going on but I guess that's the idea ("I will not be *ignored*, Tom...")
The sound file can be turned off autoplay here: http://rhizome.org/editorial/3702#62740

As you know I've defended MySpace Intro Playlist through its various incarnations. When Rhizome first linked to it Paddy Johnson criticized it ("It is a cabinet of curiosities I feel I'd rather see on blogger Jason Kottkeā€™s remaindered links, than to have it exist on the more aggrandized Rhizome Timeshares page") and I re-posted what I said above, by way of explaining how well it worked as a "sub-institutional" piece.
Re: "nice screens," it's an issue, I think, because now the Guggenheim is doing its YouTube biennial or whatever and Hewlett-Packard is going to provide hardware to show YouTubes on. Hardware is a way of "normalizing" the content. I'm not suggesting crappy screens would have worked any better for MySpace Intro Playlist.
At the end of the day I think some things work better "underground" and I can think of many pieces of yours that could represent you better (and probably be easier to adapt) than this one. What set me off was seeing my own qualms about the piece's subsequent interpretations confirmed by a layman writing for Artnet.
Best, Tom

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Matthew, when you posted that to dump.fm I thought it was funny. Seeing it here kind of makes me vomit.

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Maxwell, turning off the hyperlinks and stripping out the CSS is neutralizing and sterilizing. As noted below, the videos lose their "charming ineptness" as videos. The work becomes another collection of amateur narcissists mugging for the camera and it's boring to stand and watch. On YouTube you can fast forward or move to the next item or go watch that sneezing Panda video again. The point I'm making is MySpace Intro Playlist is a kind of renegade act of curation that exists below the level of institutional recognition--almost a parody of what a museum does with ethnographic style video. To put that into a museum without the frames of embedded irony kills the idea. Not saying that some hypothetical, visually engaging Net-creation can't be "versioned" for a gallery--you are taking a specific example and arguing generally.

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A photo of Chris Burden nailed to a Volkswagen, with the nails presented on a small plaque, is boring compared to the actual event, but that is the artwork as it is now constituted. Until we get those brain chip acoustiguides, none of the alternatives are great.