Dear Mél Hogan,
My name is Sakrowski [curatingyoutube.net], I’ve been invited to compile the next exhibition for the Screen Saver Gallery project – contemporary digital art gallery in screensavers run by Czech artists Barbora Trnková & Tomáš Javůrek (http://screensaver.metazoa.org/about/).
Therefore I would like to ask your permission to use your collection ( https://melhogan.com/website/show-me-your-desktop/ ) of desktop pictures for the exhibition in the Screen Saver Gallery.
My curatorial intention is to show at the screensaver exhibition different desktop collections (SHOW ME YOUR DESKTOP / COLLECTION) – they shall be presented in chronological order and will be provided with metadata (e.g. collection time, author/curator, url etc.). In addition, there will be open possibility for everyone to contribute their desktop and add it to the screensaver show, to explicitly illustrate this fascinating intimate sort of digital image culture…
With kind regards
The list of selected collections I would like to participate is as follows:
The First International Online Desktop Exhibition
http://www.easylife.org/desktop/desktops.html October 20 1997 – April 20 1998 (closed)
by jeroen bosch 1998 (closed)
desktop_stills Matthias Fritsch 2003 – 2005 (closed)
Constant Dullaarts desktop screensaver exhibition:
Anthropological screensavers of collected desktop images;
let your computer change its appearance
2008 mac or windows & −2012 mac or windows (closed)
since 2009 – today
2011 – today
by adam crushes 2012 (closed)
started Feb 2012 (closed)
http://desktop-hunter.tumblr.com/ by Bertrand Boissimon
started 2012 – today
People this 2012 Shit is Hype (2010) by Mél Hogan
Single channel | 2010 | No Sound | English | 5:45 min.
“People this 2012 shit is hype” is a conversation about the end of the world. Assembled from YouTube comments from videos about the 2012 phenomenon, “People this 2012 shit is hype” is a collection of fears and philosophies about the stakes involved in the vanishing of the human race. Based on numerous spiritual, mathematical, scientific, and apocalyptical readings of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, December 21, 2012, is an important date where diverse eschatological beliefs are said to culminate. “People this 2012 shit is hype” is the second in the COMMENT COLLECTION project, exploring the power of the viewer to tell and re-tell stories.
- Perils @ Htmlles 10 Festival – People this 2012 shit is hype (2010) (Distributed by GIV, Montréal)
- Ready for Extinction 12.21.12 – People this 2012 shit is hype (2010) (Distributed by GIV, Montréal)
- WNDX :: Winnipeg’s Festival of Film and Video Art People this 2012 shit is hype (2010) (Distributed by GIV, Montréal)
- Festival international du film sur l’art 2011 (FIFA) – People this 2012 shit is hype (2010) (Distributed by GIV, Montréal)
Re: (2011) by BRUCE
Single channel | 2011 | Some Sound | English and French | 12:55 min.
The first BRUCE (Fréderick Belzile and Mél Hogan) endeavour is a single channel video entitled RE:. As an epistolary project, Re: is constructed from a series of documents mediated through email over the course of 11 months.
BRUCE is based on a shared attention to archives in relation to storytelling and media that converge into important binaries: popular culture/personal mythologies, stereotypes/archetypes, and fragmentation/automation. BRUCE is foremost a process-based collaboration using these points of contrast to investigate the intersection of storytelling and technology.
- (2012) Streaming Festival, The Hague, Netherlands.
- (2012) 15th Annual Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria BC, Canada.
The Streaming Festival is an art event for independent artists exhibiting unconventional audio-visual art from all over the world.
This event takes place once a year.
In addition to this, the festival exhibits the Permanent Video and Sound Art Collection, a continuous available archive of artists that were screened at the festival.
Screening as part of the Htmlles 10 Festival
November 10-18 2012
About the video:
“People this 2012 shit is hype” (2010) is a conversation about the end of the world.
Assembled from YouTube comments from videos about the 2012 phenomenon, “People this 2012 shit is hype” is a collection of fears and philosophies about the stakes involved in the vanishing of the human race. Based on numerous spiritual, mathematical, scientific, and apocalyptical readings of the Mayan Long Count Calendar, December 21, 2012, is an important date where diverse eschatological beliefs are said to culminate.
“People this 2012 shit is hype” is the second in the COMMENT COLLECTION project, exploring the power of the viewer to tell and re-tell stories.
Distributed by GIV .
Ready for Extinction
If you’re curious about apocalyptic prophecies, are at all haunted by the possibility of their validity, or in the potential to survive beyond their threats of extinction, join us on December 21st for a night of both satirical and sombre reflections on humanity’s strange and destructive time on planet earth. If it is our collective ‘last night’, Pleasure Dome will put you into the right frame of mind. We’ll begin in the sphere of YouTube, with unabridged comments floating without their related videos, a sea of worry, speculations, and doubt around this day, the conclusion of the Mayan calendar (People This 2012 Shit is Hype, Mél Hogan). Our journey proceeds, into psychedelic rituals, ancient prophecies and artefacts of humanity’s unsuccessful spiritual reconciliation with nature (Sun Moon Stars Rain, Leslie Supnet). Then, a portal transports us to Southern California, as we are guided by the words of Jack Parsons into the feared Devil’s Gate (Laura Kraning). As a reminder of the contained apocalypses that have already occurred, we’ll visit the overgrown site of the Jonestown mass suicides and hear recollections peppered with omissions (Pieces of Jonestown, Aaron Oldenburg). Then, we continue on to an abandoned subdivision that serves our imaginations as post-apocalyptic landscape as a band of survivors move through a foreclosed wasteland of track-houses and desolate streets, as if subprime mortgages themselves had caused some kind of mass epidemic (Black Moon, Amie Siegel). After a short break, we will present a rare screening of Bruce Connor’s Crossroads. Mesmerised by the rippling devastation of the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests, known as “Operation Crossroads,” Conner constructs an exhaustive assemblage of military documentation of the event, and its terrifying beauty. The lights will come on, we’ll go home. What of tomorrow? As one YouTube comment reads, “I don’t know we just have to see what happens.”
People This 2012 Shit is Hype, Mél Hogan, 2010, Canada, 5:44
Sun Moon Stars Rain, Leslie Supnet, 2009, Canada, 3:20
Devil’s Gate, Laura Kraning, 2011, USA, 20 min.
Pieces of Jonestown, Aaron Oldenburg, 2010, USA, 3:28 min.
Black Moon, Amie Siegel, 2010, USA, 20 min.
Approx duration: 53mins
Following a 15 min break:
Crossroads, Bruce Conner, 1975, USA, 36 min.
Co-curated by Erik Martinson, member of the Pleasure Dome collective in Toronto.
“Never forget that Google collects data for a commercial purpose. It is not a public archive. Besides this, the Google search engine is getting more and more ‘polluted’, coming up with useless and predictable search outcomes.” – Lovink
As you type, Google’s algorithm predicts and displays search queries based on other users’ search activities and the contents of web pages indexed by Google. (ref)
Not everyone sees the same suggestions; it can depend on location and language.
Popularity is also a factor, but some less popular searches might be shown above more popular ones, if Google deems them more relevant. (ref)
Google Autocomplete also has what the company calls a “freshness layer.” If there are terms that suddenly spike in popularity in the short term, these can appear as suggestions, even if they haven’t gained long-term popularity. (ref)
Things about nationality (not religion though) are removed from “suggestions”, as are:
– Hate or violence related suggestions
– Personally identifiable information in suggestions
– Porn & adult-content related suggestions
– Legally mandated removals
– Piracy-related suggestions
The following is my experiment in our collective mindset, with “suggestions” made by the Google search engine, documented for the past three years… and ongoing.
References (to explore)
Murphy, Samantha 2012. How a Google Search Travels Around the World [INFOGRAPHIC] http://mashable.com/2012/06/13/google-search-infographic-2/
Beall, Jeffrey. 2010. How Google uses metadata to improve search results. The Serials Librarian 59(1): 40–53. Taylor & Francis Group. Link.
Google Autocomplete: http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=106230
Blachman, Nancy and Jerry Peek. 2011. Google Guide. Part II: Understanding Results. Cached Pages. http://www.googleguide.com/cached_pages.html Posted December 28, 2011.
Google Guide. 2007. http://www.googleguide.com/google_works.html Google Help Forum. http://www.google.com/support/forum/ Google. Technology overview.
Keen, Andrew. Interview with Siva Vaidhyanathan about The Googlization of Everything: How one company is disrupting commerce, culture, and community. SXSW. Link
Thanks to GIV, my video People This 2012 Shit is Hype is playing at the WNDX :: Winnipeg’s Festival of Film and Video Art as part of the New Prairie & Canadian Cinema programme.
Founded in 2005, WNDX places special attention on the most innovative and ground-breaking work by Canadian filmmakers and video artists, with a special focus on the work of Manitoba and prairie artists. WNDX celebrates the impetus to create in motion picture as a means of artistic expression and bring to the forefront works that may be overlooked by the mainstream.
My video “stunts. ruelle” was shown at Edgy Women 2011
Dayna McLeod presents selected works from 52 Pick-Up.
Presented in collaboration with MainLine. Saturday, April 2nd from 9 pm to 3 am
Venue: MainLine Theatre (3997 St-Laurent)