JAMES.H.CONNOLLY


REAL, LIVE FEEDS

Real, Life Feeds (2007-2009) was a web-based remix project that satirically appropriated leftist rhetoric of culture jamming and undermining the spectacle (as conceived by Guy Debord and other 20th century theorists) under the guise of a fictitious guerilla media broadcasting group that offered an alternative media system to counter mainstream sensationalism. The project's website recreated a local news website from my hometown of Saginaw, Michigan by pulling content directly from its servers (RSS feeds provided realtime updated news stories) and redistributing it glitched. In the center of the site was a fake live video feed (it was actually just a video that perpetually "loaded" and failed to receive a proper signal) of a "body-video-broadcast organism" in which its members would broadcast their daily lives through hand-held video cameras that they took everywhere they went. Comedic videos of these supposed broadcasts were made and edited to look like 80s and early 90s consumer video cameras were doing the live broadcasting. The news station's "Breaking New Tipline" was trolled with actual phone calls in performances that played digital garbage that was generated by glitching WNEM's video content.

The project exploited the reproducibility of digital systems and purposefully blurred the line between fiction and reality while incorporating internet-native trolling practices and conspiratorial rhetoric.

The project was installed in SAIC's Sullivan Galleries as my BFA thesis project with the following mission statement, most of which was appropriated from leftist theoretical texts:

REAL, LIVE FEEDS IS A GUERRILLA BROADCASTING GROUP THAT HAS INFILTRATED WNEM DIGITALLY TO DESTROY THEM FROM WITHIN.

WE WORK TOWARD THE EMANCIPATORY DESTRUCTION OF AUTHORITARIAN SPECTACLE DISTRIBUTORS THAT OFFER US THE CONSUMPTION OF OUR OWN MISFORTUNES AND THE MASOCHISTIC BASKING IN THE SENSATIONALIZED SHIT-STATE IN WHICH WE ARE TOLD TO LIVE.

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART: DESTROYED IDOLS ARE NOT REPLACED BUT UTTERLY UTTERLY UTTERLY DESTROYED. REAL, LIVE FEEDS REPLACES EXPLOITATIVE MEDIA BROADCAST WITH THE ANTI-SPECTACULAR THE ANTI-SENSATIONALIZED THROUGH THE ORGANIC MERGING OF DIGITAL BROADCAST WITH REAL LIFE, UNEDITED TO CREATE A NEW BODY-VIDEO-BROADCAST ORGANISM THAT RESISTS/INFILTRATES/DESTROYS.

THE WNEM BREAKING NEWS TIP LINE IS THOUGHT OF AS A MOMENT OF FALSE AND IMPOTENT FREEDOM, AS A POINT OF ENTRY FOR DESTRUCTIVE INFILTRATION AND AS SUCH IS ATTACKED THROUGH THE FEEDING OF WNEM’S OWN DIGITAL GARBAGE THAT ACTS AS OUR MISSION STATEMENTS AND COMMUNIQUES DIRECTLY TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE INSTITUTION UNDER ATTACK WE ARE NOT ATTEMPTING TO START A CONVERSATION.


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I'm a video/new media artist, educator, writer, and curator living in Chicago, IL. My work undermines the interfaces of consumer electronics and digital structures to liberate their latent audio and video materialities in videos, performances, and installations.

I teach in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and work as the Assistant curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection.


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2019

April 2019 essay on Rolling Ryot's Rainforest Reverb published in exhibition catalog for 2019 Fusebox Festival, Austin, TX

February 28, 2019 RGB.VGA.VOLT performance for the Performing Media Festival at Indiana University South Bend

February 18 - March 9, 2019 2019 Romp Through the Sandin Image Processor exhibited in the Performing Media Exhibition at Indiana University South Bend

January 25, 2019 Aesthetic Catharsis in the Era of American Fascists screens at Collective Misnomer's "the way things are. the way they are going to be." at the Dikeou Pop-Up, Denver, CO

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