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Youtopia

665 West Lancaster BLVD
(Corner of Ehrlich Ave. and Lancaster BLVD)
Lancaster , CA 93534
March 16th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
Opening: March 16th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://lancastermoah.org/index.php
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Other (outside main areas)
EMAIL:  
www.moah@cityoflancasterca.org
PHONE:  
(661) 723-6250
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue-Wed,Fri-Sun 11-6; Thu 11-8
TAGS:  
photography, mixed-media, digital, conceptual, pop, realism, landscape, surrealism, abstract, figurative, modern, traditional

DESCRIPTION

Danial Nord continues his indictment of contemporary culture by manipulating the tools of mass communication. In his digital video Youtopia, the artist captures hyperlinked reality to poke fun at the curatorial process in the age of misinformation. After receiving an email with a link to the New York Times article titled: "Guggenheim and YouTube Seek Budding Video Artists," Nord created virtual assistants to investigate. Their automated inquiries, skewed by database hierarchies and software glitches, produce convoluted associations and misguided conclusions. The search results, texts, and screen-grabs are ‘real', but the electronic helpers seem to have ulterior motives, blurring boundaries between artificial intelligence and the human psyche. Youtopia underscores the current state of affairs in our quick-to-click culture.