Saturday, 2 April 2011
Work from Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow.
“Alterazioni Video is a group of five artists who have been working together for six years, and are currently located in Milan, New York and Berlin. The distances between the various members of the group and their constant movements have made communications between them – mostly mediated by phone and the net – one of the key aspects of their work: communications hindered by time differences, erratic connections and the inherent problems to do with operating as a group. In this way, over the years communication between the group’s members has regressed, going from schizophrenic clashes in person to shorter and shorter chatroom messages to the current situation of preverbal interfacing.
The Violent Paintings are in fact the result of an intense exchange of images found on the net, manipulated each time they change hands: a dialogue of cut and paste, the product of an irrepressible urge to create visions. At times the image becomes a work in its own right, at others it remains a study, a model to deconstruct and recombine to give rise to new representations. The Violent Paintings bear witness to the ongoing construction of an artistic idiom, the result of a dialogue between five individuals who no longer have anything to say to each other but continue to feel the pressing need to communicate. The violence in the title varies from that unleashed in the heated exchanges between the members of the group, to the content of the images themselves, images which are then transferred onto a medium, a light pvc which is bent and deformed, or that afflicted by classic painting, parodied in an appropriation and amateurish use of Photoshop, or lastly that which the images inflict on the spectator, who is challenged to make sense of this mish-mash of amateur photos, porn, hentai graphics, second-rate effects and art classics.
In this sense the Violent Paintings are also the result of the reflections of Alterazioni Video – which has always been interested in the cultural implications of the digital revolution, from copyright to censorship – on the increasingly widespread practice of social processing of images.” - Alterazioni Video