Danial Nord: Youtopia

March 16, 2013 - April 29, 2013

Second Floor | Education Gallery (North Hall)

Public Reception Saturday, March 16 from 4-6 p.m.



Danial Nord continues his indictment of contemporary culture by manipulating the tools of mass communication. In his digital video Youtopia, the artist captures hyperlinked reality to poke fun at the curatorial process in the age of misinformation. After receiving an email with a link to the New York Times article titled: "Guggenheim and YouTube Seek Budding Video Artists," Nord created virtual assistants to investigate. Their automated inquiries, skewed by database hierarchies and software glitches, produce convoluted associations and misguided conclusions. The search results, texts, and screen-grabs are ‘real', but the electronic helpers seem to have ulterior motives, blurring boundaries between artificial intelligence and the human psyche. Youtopia underscores the current state of affairs in our quick-to-click culture.




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