METALheADS

Black Metal Logos meet Google Ads on Youtube

2018

Acrylic paint on black linen, each 150 x 200 cm

METALheADS is a manifestation of screenshots taken of Black Metal videos on Youtube. The uploaded videos show band logos that got interrupted by Google Ads. This combination leads to contradictions in visuality: the high-contrast black and white illegible logos sometimes including provoking symbols in contrast to the flashy and colourful ads of a wide range of companies, varying from travel agencies,  software security or a dolphin experience. But also, extreme metal started, as many other subcultures, as anti-mainstream, and anti establishment, also escapism, based on algorithms and my music choices (direct by searching for specific bands/ songs and indirect through suggestions that can keep on playing for hours).

The medium of the band banners is based on old school self-made band banners that would have been hung at live shows. Not being a painter, my amateurish touch relates to the genres strong ultimate DIY attitude that one can find back in a big amount of one man bands.

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Your Touch, So Foreign

In collaboration with Jasmijn Visser.

This film (beta version, 55 min) is the result of our research expedition to Kalmykia in July 2017, commissioned by Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, exhibited during Krasnoyarsk Biennale in October 2017.

Supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Russia, Stimuleringsfonds Creative Industry and Mondriaan Fonds.

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AWAAN? Are We All Addicts Now? Digital Dependence

 

Book design for artist Katriona Beales, edited by Vanessa Bartlett and Henrietta Bowden-Jones.

„Are We All Addicts Now? Digital Dependence is an artist-led enquiry by Katriona Beales into digital hyper-connectivity and the normalization of addictive behaviours through our everyday interactions with digital devices.“ Full description here Liverpool University Press 

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