This work was created in response to unrest that was happening in The United States while I was abroad on an artist residency in Iceland. At the time, the Ferguson uprising was happening, I was asked to participate in a curated project called Black Joy. The group show as curated by a cultural organizer in Ohio who wanted to examine the concept of black joy in the face of generations of inter-sectional oppression.
When Puerto RIcan delegate Zoraida Fonalledas stepped on the stage at the RNC in Florida, she was confronted with jeers by her Republican peers. This montage is based on google video users search of "america" and "puerto rico" at the same time.
The way that we frame our world can be correlated to the words we tag to the content we place in the public domain of the internet. The way we frame our world can also be correlated to the content we view in the public domain on the internet. The way we use the internet is the way we frame the world. The internet has become such a strong element in the world of media production and consumption. Online communities reflect offline communities and vice versa.
All of the video footage in this piece was found on the internet. In this way, this video is a collaboration with the users of the internet community who choose to upload moving images and sounds. The use of google search engine optimization is how I selected what images to use as a layer on the canvas of this video.
Based on Images and video that are a reflection of a google search of the term "Baltimore" this video is a reflection of the collective consciousness of internet users correlation to the term Baltimore.
Contemporary images and sounds of "The Wire" are juxtaposed with images and sounds of the "Classic Baltimore" dance that was popular during one period of Baltimore's economic vibrancy where wealthy manufacturers were thriving. The images collected by a person driving their car around various streets of the city, mostly in silence, were also used to ground the montage in a reality that stands apart from the popularity of these two cultural references on polar opposites of the spectrum of economic representation.
An amalgamation of internet users in the United States perception of the word "Africa." Music by Chief Boima. Video Run Time 1 minute.