“Transposing the Vernacular: Moving Images in the Work of Akram Zaatari”, catalogue published on the occasion of Akram Zaatari’s touring show, The Script, ISBN: 978-0-9932659-8-3

Anthony, Downey (2018) “Transposing the Vernacular: Moving Images in the Work of Akram Zaatari”, catalogue published on the occasion of Akram Zaatari’s touring show, The Script, ISBN: 978-0-9932659-8-3. n/a, n/a (n/a). New Art Exchange, Nottingham, pp. 3-18. ISBN ISBN: 978-0-9932659-8-3

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This essay was one of the first to examine the digital in the work of Akram Zaatari. It set out to explore how the exceptional proliferation of digital images has generated multiple concerns about the reliability of the information being circulated and the algorithmic biases deployed by YouTube — which is a key source for Zaatari’s film — and other websites. The essay also provided context for how the artist references a selection of online videos as source material and how he subsequently distilled the essential actions and prevalent gestures found therein into one complete work. I also sought to place this work in the broader context of the artist’s work, including how YouTube videos were previously explored in Dance to the End of Love, an earlier work by Zaatari that was realised as a four-channel installation film in 2011.

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Additional Information: This was a solo show by the internationally recognised artist Akram Zaatari. It accompanied the exhibition at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham (13 July — 9 September 2018), and then toured to Turner Contemporary, Margate (19 October 2018 — 6 January 2019), and on to Modern Art, Oxford (23 March — 2 May 2019). As part of the show, a video of a conversation between my self and the artist was produced and can be viewed here: http://www.nae.org.uk/event/akram-zataari-in-conversation/608 This conversation was later edited and published as “Mediating Social Media: Akram Zaatari in Conversation with Anthony Downey”, for Third Text Online, January, 2019, and can be accessed here: http://www.thirdtext.org/downey-interview-zaatari
Identification Number: ISBN: 978-0-9932659-8-3
Date: 2018
Subjects: T600 Modern Middle Eastern studies
W100 Fine Art
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Art
Depositing User: Anthony Downey
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2019 11:26
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 11:26
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8258

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