News of the World - Am I doing the Right Thing?

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JW/FF, 2011 Video Still © Frida Franker
News of the World - Am I doing the Right Thing?
Curated by: Josefina Posch

McKenzie Pavilion
Finsbury Park
London N4 2NQ
United Kingdom
July 26th, 2011 - July 31st, 2011
Opening: July 28th, 2011 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

+44 (0)20 8802 2827
digital, video-art, performance, pop


News of The  World – Am I doing the Right Thing? 

The program curated by Josefina Posch contains videos by both Swedish and International artists that all somehow address music as an important subculture attribute and our contemporary society’s fascination with celebrity. The artists uses various formats and genres such as comedy, documentary, self-exposure biography, music video, animation in their deconstruction, critique or play with celebrity, fandom and musical subcultures seeking alternatives to mass medias depiction of the same subjects. The title of the program News of the World is a reference to the tabloid with the same name, which is the largest selling English-speaking newspaper in the world. On its web site visitors are urged to sell their own celebrity story and the tabloid addresses various concerns and moral issues that the public might have in doing so. 

Under the subtitle Am I doing the right thing? one can read: 

Celebrities and politicians make fortunes by selling their stories to glossy magazines and expensive publishers, so why shouldn't you? Indeed, the money we pay often helps people rebuild their lives after suffering an injustice or tragedy. If you wish, we can pay the money to a charity of your choice so others can benefit. 

The artist included are: Jordan Baseman (UK), Brice Dellsperger (FRA), Magdalena Dziurlikowska (PL/SE), Frida Franker (SE), Eliana Ivarsdotter Haddad (SE), Richard Phillips (US), Eszter Szabó (HU).