Speculations on Digital Art and Viral Spaces
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Blog posting written by Babak Fakhamzadeh, Map Open Space juror
After some deliberation, the FLEFF Map Open Space jury chose to award Carlos Motta's The Good Life http://www.la-buena-vida.info the jury prize of FLEFF 2010.
With quite an interesting collection of submissions, the actual number of works where 'mapping' as a concept formed an integral part of the creation was small. However, several were interesting for a range of reasons.
In the end, Motta's work came in on top of the list.
For one, The Good Life features an exceptionally large body of work with a host of video interviews focusing on 'the man in the street' commenting on the United States' imperialist behavior of the previous few decades. As a result, the piece's spatial and political depth of field is impressive: this piece is thus both topographic and topologic.
At heart, many artists have leftist sympathies. The Good Life resonates with this tendency. It critiques the United States' imperialist expansion and also capitalism in general, striking a recognizable and pleasant note through its eclectic and accessible nature. The Good Life was not created for a select few.
However, The Good Life in itself is a not a perfect piece. Improvements, particularly using easily available technologies, could have increased the level in which users and visitors to the site could be cajoled into interacting with each other and the works on display.
Nevertheless, the strong message of the piece combined with a very decent presentation made Motta's The Good Life a deserved winner of the FLEFF 2010 jury prize.
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