[ISEA2013] Artist Statement: Natalie Bookchin – Mass Ornament

Artist  Statement

Natalie Bookchin presents Mass Ornament, a collection of YouTube clips of people dancing alone in their homes. The artist has edited these solo clips to form a dance sequence, set to a soundtrack drawn from two 1935 films, Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers and Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. By creating an ensemble out of lone performers, the work is both a portrait of isolation and connectedness. The dancer, alone in her room, performs a dance routine that is both extremely private and extraordinarily public, and is a perfect expression of our digital age. Natalie Bookchin’s videos and installations explore new forms of documentary and the stories we are now telling about ourselves and the world.

  • Natalie Bookchin, New York, USA, is an artist whose work exposes social realities that lie beneath the surface of life lived under the glare and the shadow of the Internet.    bookchin.net