Feb 11, 2008, 5:00 PM
Hyde Park Art Center
'You Can be Famous on the Internet'
by Adam Trowbridge, Jessica Westbrook
'You Can be Famous on the Internet' features Internet videos pulled from the Web and submitted by ordinary and extraordinary people. The piece considers several perspectives: the concepts of famous, infamous or popular in the Internet realm; how Internet video relates to home movies, home video and snapshots; and how some Internet videos function as folk or outsider art. The phrase "famous on the Internet" denotes the possibility of being famous to a relatively small group while, at the same time, pointing out how ridiculous it is to be "famous" in a medium so filled with absurd channels of communication.
'You Can be Famous on the Internet' is part of Drive-By, an exhibition featuring video works by MFA students at the University of Illinois Chicago's School of Art and Design. This exhibition is a collaboration between the HPAC and UIC, and is the culmination of a 2007 seminar course that explored media projection and technology, recent developments in public art, and the relationship between art and location. Led by professor and artist Daniel Sauter, the students created digital works specifically for the Art Center's Jackman Goldwasser Catwalk Gallery.
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