Mark Amerika "Lake Como Remix" 2012
Digital video 9’48”
1/3 with 1 A.P.
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Amerika's Lake Como Remix video art work is a playful reminder of the virtual and networked world we live in. In the video, the artist experiments with the Google Street View online mapping program to create a rich field of morphing glitch aesthetics accompanied by a cinematic soundtrack.
The work is reminiscent of early video art experiments by artists like Nam June Paik but puts a contemporary Internet spin on the images. One of the most widely exhibited works in Amerika's series of works focused on glitch aesthetics, Lake Como Remix reveals the way online technologies stitch new forms of reality into what passes as a representation of the real while documenting an alternative and experiential “head trip” suggestive of both time-travel and teleportation.
Over the course of three decades, Mark Amerika is best known for creating Internet and video narratives that explore the relationship between digital images, electronic forms of writing, and sound art. Amerika uses his background as a published novelist and filmmaker to create works of art that function as literary and philosophical commentaries on digital pop culture and technology. Among his most well known pieces is GRAMMATRON, one of the first works of Internet art selected for the 2000 Whitney Biennial of American Art. His new media artwork, FILMTEXT, was originally commissioned by the ICA in London as part of his retrospective exhibition, How To Be An Internet Artist. His work Immobilité was the first long-form work of video art shot entirely on a mobile phone and was included in his mid- career retrospective at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens. In his recent work, such as Lake Como Remix, Amerika explores the formal properties of the Internet as a space for what he terms “glitch aesthetics.”