HEATHER JONES + MATTHEW KAY

With a very unique approach, Heather Jones and Matthew Kay use montage techniques to create a form of visual poetry, in which seemingly arbitrary words are dissected from their original context (political speeches and webcam videos found on Youtube) and recombined as parts of a new literary body.

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The following video is a 2015 re-edit of an interactive video artwork made for POST Artist Collective’s 2013 exhibition “Cascades: Past, Present and Future,” originally presented on an old 14″ TV with a DVD remote for selecting clips.

With a very unique approach, Heather Jones and Matthew Kay use montage techniques to create a form of visual poetry, in which seemingly arbitrary words are dissected from their original context (political speeches and webcam videos found on Youtube) and recombined as parts of a new literary body. “No Title” effectively plays with idea of mash-up culture; the stance that cultural artifacts are open to re-appropriation, especially by way of technology and the internet. In this process, cultural material is given new life, new meaning and a new contextual grounding. A curious by-product in this particular case is the sense that the words, the fundamental building blocks of poetry, come accompanied with their own “bodies.” They are left attached by the umbilical cord to the politicians, mothers, teenagers and vloggers to which they belong, bringing together this haphazard group of individuals into a collective work of art. The focus thereby is shared between the literary/emotional effect of the words themselves, and a voyeuristic observation of the faces, expressions, and physical actions of those who utter them.

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