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SPAM the musical (THE DYING WIDOW): Videoart about spam emails

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Published on Aug 9, 2008

Based on the texts of e-mail-spam, this work is about make-believe and truth, hope and betrayal. Having collected e-mail-spam for over 2 years, I turned e-mail-spam into video art and video art into art spam. Together with a group of a dozen Melbourne artists (renowned composers and sopranos, video and mixed-media artists of the next generation, new talents in music or drama) I created a project that stretches genre limits and plays with the viewer’s mind.

Each of the four videos is divided into two parts. The first part (‚SPAM the muscial‘) is an ironic, luring interpretation of a specific spam-email. The second part (‚deleted scenes‘) turns this notion around, creating an image of reality that looks behind the scenes and works like a cold shower compared to the first part. ‚SPAM the musical‘ can be presented as net art, a single-channel-screening or a site-specific multimedia-installation, playing with the cultural conventions of the place.

As an installation, the webpage of the project will come to life as a 3D installment, based on a spam-like meta-narrative and fake characters. The meta-narrative will be based on social problems of the city/country that hosts the show.

‚SPAM the musical‘ was shown over 60 times worldwide, amongst them Edinburgh Art Festival, European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, Internet Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, Media Art Forum Moscow, Media Art Biennale Wroclaw, Simultan Festival Timisoara, Espacio Enter Tenerife, MAGMART Naples, Crosstalk Budapest, Fondazione March Padua, Museum of New Art Detroit, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Rome.

More infos on http://www.spamthemusical.com
http://www.eldagsen.com/theschoolofspam/
http://www.facebook.com/boriseldagsen
http://www.instagram.com/boriseldagsen

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