Critical Writing Index

In Media Res: Mass Media in Art's Field of Tension

by Raimar Stange

Flash Art, Oct. 2008, pp. 122-125

In this article, Raimar Stange shows how the growing presence of mass media and new media in contemporary life is reflected in the work of a number of contemporary artists. The article describes a number of works, mostly video, which explores a range of topics including American news networks, celebrities, and the internet. Stange argues that this artwork shows how contemporary artists have begun engaging mass media in a way that is less optimistic than their predecessors, and shows less of a lack of inhibition.

ITEM 2008.139 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Deadly StormsBjorn Melhus

DemocrazyFrancesco Vezzoli

Mandiberg ShopMicheal Mandiberg

King (A Portrait of Micheal Jackson)Candice Breitz

Elvis '58/'93Jonathan Horowitz

Global PlayerChristine Wurmell

Bollocks was it the Hand of GodChristine Wurmell

Little Things Make All the DifferenceJonathan Monk