Saturday, May 15, 2010

Unmissable! Watch all 13 eps on Vimeo if you have the time....

August 4, 2006, the personal search queries of 650,000 AOL (America Online) users accidentally ended up on the Internet, for all to see. These search queries were entered in AOL's search engine over a three-month period. After three days AOL realized their blunder and removed the data from their site, but the sensitive private data had already leaked to several other sites.

I love Alaska tells the story of one of those AOL users. We get to know a religious middle-aged woman from Houston, Texas, who spends her days at home behind her TV and computer. Her unique style of phrasing combined with her putting her ideas, convictions and obsessions into AOL's search engine, turn her personal story into a disconcerting novel of sorts.

Over a period of three months, a portrait of a woman emerges who is diligently searching for likeminded souls. The list of her search queries read aloud by a voice-over reads like a revealing character study of a somewhat obese middle-aged lady in her menopause, who is looking for a way to rejuvenate her sex life. In the end, when she cheats on her husband with a man she met online, her life seems to crumble around her. She regrets her deceit, admits to her Internet addiction and dreams of a new life in Alaska.

Lernert Engelberts
Sander Plug

Video directed by Sou Ootsuki

Friday, May 14, 2010

Installation view of new work by Brisbane-based collaboration DavisThomas at NoFrills* Gallery: Studio 3.10 109 Edward Street Brisbane

May 5 - May 23, 2010.

Following text courtesy of NoFrills Gallery Artist-run Initiative, Brisbane.

UnRaveL created by collaborative team DavisThomas (Adrian Davis and Lubi Thomas) is an ambitious kinetic work, being housed in the No Frills* gallery.

This immense mechanical artwork will systematically engulf the gallery, prompting causal relationships between media, space, viewer and artistic creation. Through form and function the work alludes to the industrious nature of the site, corporeal encounters and sublime sensorial responses.

DavisThomas have exhibited widely across Brisbane, including The Block, !Metro Arts, QUT Art Museum and Soapbox, as well as internationally at Beijing’s Today Gallery. They also have an expanding public arts practice, with commissions from both private and public sector clients.

Monday, May 10, 2010

TEDxAmsterdam: Merlijn Twaalfhoven from TEDxAmsterdam on Vimeo.

Le Monde des Montagnes (The World of Mountains), an ECAL graduate project by Camille Scherrer


Ida Walked Away from takcom™ on Vimeo.


Rodney Glick @ 2010 Sydney Biennale