Presentation of the “Web Performance today” catalogue by Hannes Egger and Antonella Tricoli with a contribution by artist Matthias Fritsch
Merano arte, Friday 28 November at 8 pm
Web Performance today investigates what has now become of the performance in the collective world of imagination of the web: How does video canals “cabinet of curiosities” handle videos and what does it do with them? What do users do with performances when they film them, legally or illegally, in a museum and put them on the Internet or add their personal music as an audio backdrop? Web Performance today stems from an idea by the artist Hannes Egger and was developed together with the curator and art historian Antonella Tricoli for the Werkbank of Lana (South Tyrol / Italy). The catalog collects contributions by Joan Casellas, Julia Draganovic´, Hannes Egger, Matthias Fritsch, Capucine Perrot, Antonella Tricoli and Eugenio Viola.
Visual artist Matthias Fritsch contributed to the catalogue with a key piece on one of his creations: his video “Kneecam No.1” and Technoviking, its protagonist. Shot long before reenactments and cosplay became social network phenomena, the clip was one of the very first videos to go viral as a so-called YouTube meme after its publication on YouTube in 2006. To date, it has attracted some 40 million clicks.
In his presentation, Matthias Fritsch will talk about his experiences with Kneecam No.1 and his current work in progress: turning Technoviking into a feature-length film.
Matthias Fritsch lives and works in Berlin.
He studied Media Art at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe (HfG) in Germany and Film, Fine Art and Curating at Bard College, Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS), New York State, USA. Has made several short and long movies, and media-based installations. In the last years Fritsch focuses on the digital communities formed within internet video platforms and examines their importance in the formation of the contemporary cultural production. Fritsch’s filmic works focus on issues of authorship and property, that have recently enjoyed a heightened interest within the context of open distribution channels on the Internet. Fritsch traces the potential and boundaries of related cultural practices by way of participation.
Since 2010 Fritsch is the artistic director of the annual Moving Silence Festival in Athens.
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Web Performance Today
Representation, Reproduction, Repetition
edited by Hannes Egger, Antonella Tricoli
17 x 24 cm
20 colour illustrations,