Series compiled by Lorna Mills
Ways of Something
February 15-17th, 2019
at SPRING / BREAK Art Show LA
‘Ways of Something’ – Episode 1, Minute 18 by Eva Papamargariti
SPRING/BREAK Art Show
February 15 – 17th, 2019
Open to the Public – 12-8 PM
The Stalls at Skylight ROW DTLA
1925 East 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Curated and compiled by Lorna Mills, this remake is based a four-part series of thirty-minute films created by art theorist John Berger and produced by Mike Dibb. In the original films, voice-of-God narration over iconic European paintings offer a careful dissection of traditional “fine art” media and the way society has come to understand them as art. This current project invited artists to respond to what Berger called “learned assumptions” about art in dialogue with the camera and the screen in its reproduction.
It is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet. Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices to videomaking, “Ways of Something” consists of aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media. Ultimately, it turns the highbrow nature of documentary film into a wondrous and disjointed series of alternative outlooks on how artists understand art today.
“Ways of Something” includes the work of 113 artists in four episodes. The piece is to be released on the internet, and is also available to collectors in an edition of 30, referencing the episodic nature of the work. Collectors receive a printed catalog of all 113 artists featured in the work, signed by the compiling artist, Lorna Mills along with a USB drive containing all four videos in MP4 and original AVI formats. All 113 artists are paid with each edition on a share-based system.
‘Ways of Something’ Compiled by Lorna Mills
Episode 1: 31:02, Episode 2: 29:00, Episode 3: 27:56, Episode 4: 29:26
1920 x 1080 HD Video in .MP4 and .AVI Formats
Edition of 30 + 1AP
Art in the Age of Something, Ben Davis for Artnet News