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.
Jonathan Harris, the interactive designer/artist behind We Feel Fine and Universe, kicks off a new project today, according to CR Blog. The project is, as yet, untitled but will follow Harris as he travels solo from southern Africa to eastern China, using only local transportation. He plans to go through 27 countries over the course of this yearlong trip, and will collect stories "in a very specific way." Beyond that, details are vague. Much of his work is a research into modern storytelling through digital mediums, with special attention toward the representation of human emotion through these avenues. The article on CR Blog emphasizes Harris's dismissal of the existence of "masterpieces" in digital and online artwork, while also suggesting that, in attempting to create artworks which are both moving and epically evocative of a larger, ever-shifting zeitgeist, Harris is seeking to achieve something of the like in his own practice.
Join YACHT For New Year's Eve from Jona Bechtolt on Vimeo.
In this short clip, Yacht proposed a "Digital New Year's Eve Party." Videos tagged "YACHTNEWYEARSEVE" or added to the group in Vimeo were assembled into one big video. All the footage went into a performance they staged last night, which they will hopefully put online soon.