Ways of Something
Paul Wong, 2014
01:00 min. colour, stereo
30 artists were each invited to produce 1 minute segments, this is minute 23 of the 30 minute program.
Curated and distributed by Lorna Mills, this remake is based off the first episode of a four-part series of thirty-minute films created by art theorist John Berger and produced by Mike Dibb. In the original film, voice-of-God narration about iconic European paintings offer a careful dissection of traditional ‘fine art’ media and the way society has come to understand them as art. This video invites artists to respond to what Berger calls ‘learned assumptions’ about art in dialogue with the camera and the screen in its reproduction. It is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet.
Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices to videomaking, Ways of Something is constituted by aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media. Ultimately, it will turn the highbrow nature of documentary film into a wondrous and disjointed series of alternative outlooks on how artists understand art today.
Andrew Benson, Alfredo Salazar Caro, Carla Gannis, Christian Petersen, Christina Entcheva, Dafna Ganani, Daniel Temkin, Eva Papamargariti, Faith Holland, Giselle Zantonyl, Hector Llanquin, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Jennifer Chan, Jennifer McMackon, Jeremy Bailey & Kristen D. Schaffer, Joe McKay, Kristin Lucas, Marisa Olson, Matthew Williamson, Nicholas O’Brien, Paul Wong, Rea McNamara, Rhett Jones, RM Vaughan & Keith Cole, Rollin Leonard, Rosa Menkman, Sally McKay, Sara Ludy, Theodore Darst, V5MT
Premiered at Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, with subsequent screenings at the Power Station in Shanghai and Transfer gallery in Brooklyn.