SOLO/Oliver Laric: W.V.VV – Witty Video VVork
Works | Moving Pixel Selfportrait, 50 50, Webchat with Andy, La Mano Izquierda, 787 Cliparts, VVORK | Curated by | CONT3XT.NET (Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl, Franz Thalmair) | Opening | 19 January 2008
The young media artist Oliver Laric was born in 1981 in Istanbul (Turkey) and currently lives and works in Berlin (Germany). He studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and is – together with Aleksandra Domanovic, Christoph Priglinger and Georg Schnitzer – one of the co-founders of the platform VVORK. His solo-work is mainly based on found video footage ranging from amateur music videos on Youtube to default cliparts. By remixing, sampling and restructuring readymades found within the social system of various big online video communities he creates new artistic syntheses in his own, particularly witty, way.
In one of his recent videos, a reflection upon the reception of videos and popular culture on the Internet, with the title 50 50 Oliver Laric collected fifty different amateur interpretations of one particular 50-Cent-Video on Youtube which where re-shaped and reconstructed properly concerning the original song. In 787 Cliparts, a 1:05 minutes video loop, the artist applied early studies of movement and anatomy in film history as done for example by Eadweard Muybridge in Animal Locomotion to default cliparts found on the Internet. Similar observations of the human body as represented on the Internet can be found in La Mano Izquierda which is a video following Hugo Chávez’s left hand while directing one of his speeches about the “new socialist idea” to the audience. Always at the centre of the video la mano izqierda (the left hand) gets to be a symbol for the irony of political symbols in general. Even more ironic is Oliver Laric’s work Webchat with Andy: The artist Andy Warhol was contacted through a psychic with mediumistic abilities via webchat (Sunday, 2 September 2007) and recorded for the audience. This video-chat was commissioned by Blend Magazine/Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
—tags: conceptual, found-objects, ready-made, video, youtube