[ISEA2022] Artist Talk: Martine Neddam — Screen Recordings and Reinterpretations from Archiving to Creation Visions.of.Mouchette.org

Artists Statement 

Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 10, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Lightning Talk.

Keywords: net art, fan fiction, screen recordings, preservation narratives

Mouchette is an iconic virtual character from the early net.art time. Online videos document the viewing practices of some visitors-the way they comment on their visit, and how they embed it inside their own narrative, stories of horror, of magic or of seduction. These recordings are an exceptional archive of this website.

Fourteen screen recordings of her website have been found online on Youtube channels. These videos are documenting the viewing practices of some visitors, the way they browse the website mouchette.org the way they comment their visit, and how they embed it inside their own narrative, stories of horror, of magic or of seduction.These recordings are an exceptional archival of this website recorded by the viewers in very different ways. https://visions.of.mouchette.org   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouchette.org

  • Martine Neddam (NL) is an artist who uses language as raw material. Since she began as an artist her favorite subjects always were speech acts, modes of address, words in the public space. Since 1988 she has exhibited text objects (banners, plaques, shadows on the wall) in museums and galleries. She has also conceived many large-scale public commissions in several European countries : Netherlands, France, Great Britain. Since 1996, she has created virtual characters who lead an autonomous artistic existence where the actual author remains invisible, among others Mouchette (1996) and David Still (2001) and XiaoQian (2005) and Madja Edelstein-Gomez (2018). In 2013 she began to develop her own software MyDesktopLife, supported by the ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe). Her work has been exhibited at La Biennale de Montréal (2011), Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2016) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2018/2020). https://visions.of.mouchette.org