Jason Underhill will be presenting a night of karaoke at the Mandrake.
"'Sing Your Heart Out' is a recreated karaoke piece that consists of two different monitors for both the singer and the viewer. The work is activated when the viewer moves beyond the role of voyeur and, in doing so, Underhill literalises art's function as interrelation by encouraging the viewer's participation.
Underhill also initiates a subtle disruptive relation between the spectator and the karaoke participant, between the public and the individual, through projecting two disparate videos on the two screens. By generating a discerning interval, Underhill reconfigures the meaning of communication between one and others in an artwork. In addition, the artist's deliberate selection of the list of songs, exaggerating the features of karaoke, explores the boundary between art and entertainment culture critically yet humorously. In 'Sing Your Heart Out' the selection of songs exposes consumer culture in capitalist society, and consequently questions the problematic entertainment culture and anonymity in society."
--Hyunjoo Byeon, from 'The Green Room Studio Presents Jason Underhill' (supercream magazine) : http://www.supercream.org.uk/green_room/20/202.html
Artist's Bio: In 2009 Jason received his MFA in Art Practice from Goldsmiths, University of London. His film ‘Howlin’ will be screened at Dan Graham, Los Angeles, this coming April in a two-person show with Justin Gainan. Recently, Underhill's films have been included in The Filmic Conventions (FormContent, London, and ZOO 2009), The Moving Index (artoffice.org), and Group/Grope (Area10, London). SING YOUR HEART OUT (IT'S KARAOKE) has been performed at Event Horizon, GSK Contemporary at the Royal Academy in London and The Apple Tree, London. In 2008 Underhill was selected for Bloomberg’s New Contemporaries, an annual survey of emerging artists in the UK. He lives and works in Los Angeles.