In the form of a music video for the latest single from Australia’s The Presets, Japanese artist Yoshi Sodeoka has made a stunning work of glitchy techno-dada created using riot videos, Internet culture references and a broken PlayStation. It’s weird, obnoxious and completely stunning.
I’m fascinated with artists like Sodeoka and Cory Arcangel, who are pushing the boundaries of painting, sculpture and video art into fascinating new arenas. These works possess a sense technical dread, humor and a profound irony, born of a generation raised on Zelda, YouTube and wars-on-TV. Appropriating “antiquated” formats and methods-of-making, such as the GIF or Sodeoka’s broken, glitchy PlayStation—recent technologies by historical standards but rudimentary to the iPhone zeitgeist, and never considered art—are logical mediums from a generation of makers whose largest frustration is the speed of their Wi-Fi.
I can only imagine many look at these works with complete misunderstanding, in a fashion akin to that of the Dadaist Readymades of the 1910s or Andy Warhol’s appropriated commercial art, but to me this trend is a perfect summarization of the intellectual and emotional current of my generation.