National #Selfie Portrait Gallery

NATIONAL
#SELFIE
PORTRAIT
GALLERY

at the Moving Image Contemporary Video Art Fair in London
October 17-20, 2013

Opening Reception: October 17, 6-8pm

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Curated by
Kyle Chayka and
Marina Galperina

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Remember when we were sort of nervous that the National Portrait Gallery would get legal on us for “National #Selfie Portrait Gallery” exhibition name? The National Portrait Gallery presents, "Panel Discussion The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie?" TROLOLOLOL.

Remember when we were sort of nervous that the National Portrait Gallery would get legal on us for “National #Selfie Portrait Gallery” exhibition name? The National Portrait Gallery presents, "Panel Discussion The Curated Ego: What Makes a Good Selfie?" TROLOLOLOL.

Closer to the well-to-do west but not quite there was Moving Image London, on the South Bank and in the Bargehouse and possibly one of the most exciting exhibitions by sheer volume and diversity of video works from across the globe, as well as the unforeseeably controversial National #Selfie Portrait Gallery huddle on the top floor… In some ways the National #Selfie Portrait Gallery… subverts that system in 16 commissions from emerging artists… As a showcase of short-form video contributions based around the digital self-portrait, or ‘selfie,’ artist Jennifer Chan mediates her recent feline obsession, also performed on twitter, by literally drawing the Cat Ears of its title on a pixelated shot of herself saying ‘my dick’, while ever-prolific Darling presents herself nude and in a sunbed, all Zizek quotes and apocalyptic self-obsessions vocalised through a pitched-up (‘like me ya know I jus wanna look good naked’) in Lil Icarus. Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron literally devour each other –in the form of busts fashioned from food in Succulent. Anthony Antonellis mediates himself, to himself, through his macbook screen, flesh fading into his keyboard, while Daniel Swan’s self is represented by the dazzling cover of a smartphone facing outward in Selfie Video Loop… Meanwhile, a general public still hostile to the dynamic net art community, the consciously exhibitionistic nature of National #Selfie Portrait Gallery especially, was aptly summarised in a tweet by fellow ‘selfie’ contributor Petra Cortright. A link to the 700-plus comments (“each more LOL than the next”) on a Yahoo News article on the exhibition with the ‘narcissistics’, ‘not arts’ and ‘I could do thats’ liberally heaped on the resounding thumbs down from the Yahoo.com readership.”
Jean Kay for AQNB,  "An Overview of Frieze on the Fringes"

bravenewwhatever:

Lil Icarus
single-channel video, 40 sec 
2013

(for National Selfie Portrait Gallery, LDN/NYC 2013)

they say we’re livin in the end times
talkin bout global warmin, talkin bout the new blue ice age bb 
late capitalism’s like, its almost over
& easier to imagine the end of the world
like me ya know I jus wanna look good naked -
u dun know everybody got a selfie-by date 
im not afraid to die,
u wanna know what u gonna look like on the slab of the morgue u betta come lie down nexta me, bb
fly little icarus/
i jus wanna make the very most of the gift called life

For most of us the selfie isn’t and shouldn’t be art… #Selfienation lays no claims to immortality. It only wants the most love and control in a moment. This cathection was attained by one artist in the N#SPG: Jennifer Chan, in whose paralyzing Glow the dick becomes an iPhone or the iPhone becomes a dick. Either way you’re holding it, and she’s really doing her best, I mean she’s actually sucking with these wet pretty noises and everything. I almost couldn’t watch it, either. Maybe selfies are not always masturbation: harmless, pleasurable, and easy, replacing helpfully a need for physical interaction. Maybe a selfie is also this way of saying look at me, bitch. You better come when I’m looking at you. Sarah Nicole Prickett on National #Selfie Portrait Gallery in ARTFORUM

Jennifer Chan’s Glow will officially premiere in the New York version of the show. Details to be announced soon.

galspace:

Don’t miss out on 24h internet Gal: In search of the selfie starting on 11 am 23rd of October going for 24h , follow us here and on out twitter.

Some photos from the National #Selfie Portrait Gallery . Selfie babes for ever.

Don’t miss out on Gal’s selfie event next week.

Thanks for visiting!

(via swequence)

mfortki:

prostheticknowledge:

Moving Image

Today I spent the day in London checking out Moving Image, an art faire specializing in video art. A great range of works, with something for everyone. I was particularly fond of Sara Ludy’s piece, as well as Jonathan Monaghan, both working in 3D graphics. The National #Selfie Portrait Gallery (despite some online criticism) was actually a pleasure - it was fun and instant, immediately put a smile on my face when I saw the collection.

As well as enjoying the works, I got to meet some friendly and interesting people - artists Viktor Timofeev, Hyo Myoung Kim, Kim Asendorf, Ole Fach, and the hard working couple Kelani Nichole and Jereme Mongeon who run the (currently essential) Transfer Gallery. A pleasure to meet them all, and I shame I couldn’t stay longer.

The show is still running this Sunday (20th), so if you are in London I would say it is worth checking out. You can find out more from the Moving Image website here

the criticism was from Yahoo commentors tho amirite? 

mfortki:

Install shots! Excerpt! Check it! YO PRESS PPL cuz u keep asking:

Are #selfies art now? #Selfies are not art (or #art) but these video art pieces are selfies.

COME HANG OUT RIGHT NOW LONDON TNX

mfortki:

Install shots! Excerpt! Check it! YO PRESS PPL cuz u keep asking:

Are #selfies art now? 
#Selfies are not art (or #art) but these video art pieces are selfies.

COME HANG OUT RIGHT NOW LONDON TNX

The official National #Selfie Portrait Gallery trailer, freshly premiered on TIME LightBox