NEW MEDIA WORLD OLD MEDIA WORLD aka VIRAL INTERNET #1 with YVES

1. PRESENTLY IN GOTHAM CITY
Hennessey Youngman is the persona of N.Y.C based artist Jayson Musson. Known for his You Tube series ART THOUGHTZ.

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Art In America has dubbed him "Ali G. with an MFA”. I can grudgingly see the resemblance, but unlike the Baron-Cohen franchise, Hennessey’s satire targets institutional power/ academia. Give him time and perhaps he’ll be humiliating the poor and obscure…. His efforts have made him art bros with everyone’s favourite art comedian, Maurizio Cattelan. Let’s hope Maurizio helps him keep his edge and his heart in the right place. ATM He is still a humble new media-interactive artist – go ahead and add him on Facebook, or even take him up on this - 

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2. HE DIED FOR OUR SINS, RICHARD DAWKINS
Easter wasn’t all about blah blah boring and it sucked to be Jesus etc. This artist is a random Google search find. I couldn’t find out much about her beyond her magically real About Me on Vimeo. Maybe she’s based in Bristol, UK. 

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Like Hennessy, she’s using the internet confessional as a comedian/artist/ local TV presenter… with some more trippy influences, like Ryan Trecartin and veteran video artist Bill Viola’s considerably more reverent series on the meta-narrative, The Passions

3. PAGAN FESTIVAL
Cory Archangel is another N.Y.C new media artist, best known for his Nintendo game cartridge hacks, such as Super Mario Clouds. Check out his recently updated Internet Portfolio Website and Portal at www.coryarcangel.com. Which, you know, looks really professional and maybe it will help Mr. Archangel get a straight job, but he’d have to stop spending so much time on his art… Newer work includes this mind melting edit - spliced together from 100 You Tube instructional videos.

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4. KURT COBAIN DIED FOR OUR SINS: PART TWO
Lest we forget, it’ was the 18th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s suicide over Easter. I’ve read that there has been more contemporary art made about KC than any other musician. This is a lovely floral tribute by Seattle artist Gretchen Bennett, which was shown at the Seattle Art Museum last year, featuring the artist singing Cat Power’s 2003 song, thought to be about Cobain "I Don't Blame You".

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5. LAST STATION OF THE CROSS
If you haven’t already, see the 2006 film ‘About a Son’ even if you’re not a fan, and perhaps especially if you’re not a fan, as there is not a single Nirvana song to be heard. One of the memorable vignettes described by Cobain is of having to sit in his father’s truck, while he was at work, listening to Queen over and over until he ran the battery down…. Currently doing the rounds on Facebook is this version of Bohemian Rhapsody. I think this guy NAILED IT… 

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Joy & blessings,

Yves