Modern Marvels \ Hanne Mugaas (2009)

Hanne Mugaas puts her own twist on the fascinating phenomena of live blogging TV – hopeful internet stars posting live webcam streams of themselves watching television, most often live awards shows and other televised events. Meant to be viewed by likeminded fans while watching their own TV sets, the live TV blog offers up the blogger’s personal reactions and commentary, realtime. Mugaas likens it to a “media on media via media kind of thing, where togetherness, intermedia, multi channeling, multitasking and non-attentiveness come into play”. Using a written version of the format – closer to the traditional blog – she removes it of its liveness by ‘live’ blogging pre-recorded episodes Modern Marvels as they air, a show that in itself is about how technologies affect and are used in the modern world. The piece exists in a mashed-up space where new media (the internet) uses and abuses old media (television) – and vice versa.

Hanne Mugaas (b. 1980, Norway) is a curator based in New York, where she recently opened the gallery Art Since the Summer of ’69. She has curated numerous exhibitions and projects in Europe and the US.

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