A fragmented social media circle consisting of artists from various platforms, brought together via online messages, and asked to reflect on online messages, Circle Jerks features artists working with hybridized mediums ranging from Virtual Installation to Chatroom Performance. Fragments of private messages, quotations, status updates, speech bubbles and other units of online conversation, often dismissed as transient or inconsequential, are the focus of this show. This exhibition posits these messages as the trace of the labour enacted in order to sustain the internet user’s identity, a mediation of personas that is usually undermined to maintain the semblance of a stable subject.
The show opens on the 14th of November (Saturday) 8pm with a live performance by Sudarshan that will be streamed through Michael Jordan’s #livingroomtoday project.
Following this visitors of Minut Init art social will have the opportunity to get to the artists behind these social media profiles better through a series of talks on the following dates (14 November – 28 November) :
- 15 November, 8pm : Katy Roseland (in Person)
- 20 November, 9pm : Liz Solo and Nebulosus Severine (Colleen McLaughlin) (via Second Life)
- 21 November, 8pm – San Nuvola (via Skype)
- 22 November, 8pm – Magical Masters (Hela Trol Pis)
- 27 November – 8pm Michael Jordan (via http://livingroom.today/)
The Circle Jerks 2015 :
[Wang_Rou : Petaling_Jaya]
[Andrew_T_Crum : Petaling_Jaya]
[Katy_Roseland : Shanghai]
Katy Roseland is an artist, curator and co-founder Basement6 Collective, an artist-run experimental space run out of an underground bunker. With a focus on social art practices, her work is public centered. Through the means of performance installation, building events and strategies for anyone to experience has given her insight into collective consciousness. She is now experimenting and performing in the parameters of Chinese social media and specifically Wechat. http://www.basement6collective.com/
[Sudarshan : Kuala Lumpur]
Sudarshan Chandra Kumar is an improvisational sound artist, actor and performance artist. In the more theatrical incarnations of his act his stage presence is typified by an intense dark humor accompanied by a sensibility that straddles the borderline between kitsch and authenticity.
Fairuz Sulaiman is a new media artist whose first artwork was a karaoke video clip made using a N93 phone. A large component of his practice revolves around live video manipulation, often complemented by non-digital elements like puppetry, shadow play and miniatures. Pertaining to his practice, Fairuz is also the creative director of Digital Arts and Culture festival, an artist-run event featuring a synthesis of technological and traditional mediums within the Malaysian context. See: https://www.facebook.com/DAC-Festival-148788791827180/…
[William_Sim : Puchong]
[Min_Jie : Berlin]
[Michelle_Proksell : Beijing]
[Aurelia_Guo : Melbourne]
Aurelia Guo is an artist and writer living in Melbourne.
[St_Michael : Los_Angeles]
Michael Walker, born in 1987 in Rochester NY, has been using marginal social positions and the zeitgeist he found himself in as basis for his art. Immersing himself on the internet, he has carefully and generously opened his art as a means for people to inspire themselves and further exercise a movement. By studying film, he used the idea of moving pictures in his photography. Juxtapositions of social understandings of the world, especially when it comes to internet spaces, is Walker’s main stage. As a director, he manages to let go of appropriation of his art, which is extremely rare nowadays in the art world, altruistically calling everything a collaboration. This is because when people can claim the work, they share it, and the more is shared, the more the audience grows and pushes the artist. www.saintmichael33.net
[Liz_Solo : Toronto]
Liz Solo is an inter-disciplinary artist with a long history as performance artist, writer, media artist, activist and musician. Liz works independently and as part of various collectives and partnerships to produce works that merge the live performance stage with virtual (online, game) environments. Her performances often span multiple venues and online platforms.
Liz Solo is co-founder and member of the Black Bag Media Collective and the online performance collective The Second Front Performance Art Collective. She is a composer and performer with The Avatar Orchestra Metaverse and is the current curator and manager of the Odyssey Contemporary Art and Performance Simulators. Her performances, videos and online events continue to be screened and presented around the world. Recent live performance and video work has been seen at: ISEA Istanbul; FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Sao Paolo; Chromatose Anymation Festival, St. John’s; MaMachinima International Machinima Festival, Amsterdam; The Big Screen Project, Times Square NYC; Inhuman Resources (co-exhibit with Mez Breeze), Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, Kelowna BC. Festival of New Dance, St. John’s, Vancouver Fringe Festival, Vancouver. Liz Solo is based in Newfoundland, Canada. See: www.lizsolo.com
Curated by Wang Rou
Talks moderated and hosted by Moments of Truth