The Latest In Video Art Bliss From Plink Flojd
The video art impresarios of art collective Plink Flojd have just released a slew of awesome new videos for you to tune in and drop out to. You may remember the group’s debut last year at the NOVA festival in Brazil, or seen the equally hallucinatory videos of collective co-founder Yoshi Sodeoka (whose new video we premiered yesterday). This time around, Plink Flojd, which features an international cast of emerging video artists, is staging a virtual exhibition on their own turf.
Plink Flojd takes its name from the prog-rock band that notoriously inspires what’s – erm – often less than tasteful art, but the video art curated by this collective is clearly the exception to this rule. The work is at its most exciting when the artists manage to overcome the formidable challenge of making Pink Floyd digestible again.
Take, for example, Portland-based artist Jeremy Rotsztain’s piece Interstellar Trippin’ (with Syd) in which he shamelessly exploits tired psychedelic imagery, yet manages to move beyond the tropes of the Acid Age. The video swirls with tie-dye bursts that jive along with Rotsztain’s remix. Our hero, who’s clearly zonked out on some fractal, takes center stage – rotating and multiplying within the psychedelic abyss.
Numb-Com, by artist David Oppenheim of Tel-Aviv is more of a narrative feature. The video portrays the banality of office life, complete with soulless avatars staring into computer screens and conference monitors. Oppenheim’s remix of “Comfortably Numb” is a discordant, stress-inducing interpretation of the terminally chill original, and is perfectly attuned to the bad-trip tone of the video. Roger Waters’ primal scream loops along, providing a perfect backdrop for the office plankton freak-out that ensues.
But the artists move beyond the Pink Floyd theme and produce equally stimulating videos. Heme, a piece by Jeromie Dorrance, an artist out of Denver, drips with layers of beer commercials, iPhones, and bouncing broads. The ethereal remix by musician Kyle Warfield provides the soundscape for the video. In making this feature, Dorrance collected existing imagery from advertising, viral vids, and digital found footage. The result is a complex layering of glitchy, digital static.
As awesome as these videos are, there’s much more to experience – giddy on up and check out the exhibition in its entirety.