Yesterday we brought to your attention the sudden closing of not just OV Gallery’s Re-Visiting History, but the entirety of OV Gallery itself. One of the artists exhibiting there was our good friend Ben Houge, who’s sent us along two stills of his installation.
They’re stills from my video “Transportation Is Getting a New Look,” which evokes the process of posters being applied to a city wall, only to fade with time or be covered up by new posters, resulting in a kind of unintentional collective collage.
I think the medium of generative video is well-suited the topic of how news becomes history: using a process to describe another process. I wrote a program that takes bits of a 1970’s propaganda poster entitled “Safeguard the Orderliness of the Revolution: Transportation Is Getting a New Look” and algorithmically pastes them onto a new digital canvas in unpredictable configurations to create a constantly changing digital collage.
While this piece of work was confiscated, you can check out his other stuff on his website or see him do something similar with sound at LoGo (13 Xingfu Lu) this Thursday.