This art exhibit is like YouTube, but real life - Technical.ly Philly

Creative

Jan. 11, 2016 11:23 am

This art exhibit is like YouTube, but real life

From Baltimore transplant Donna Oblongata: “UsTube invites you to watch a video of something that is occurring in the here and now, and you’ll be witnessing it all happen the first (and only time) it ever will.”

UsTube at Practice Gallery in Callowhill.

(Photo by Juliana Reyes)

Always wanted to be a YouTube star?

Now you can try your hand at it in real life.*

UsTube at Callowhill’s Practice Gallery invites you to get on the most ephemeral form of YouTube ever. It’s an art exhibit by Donna Oblongata, a former member of the Baltimore-based artist collective Wham City. (Oblongata’s now based in Philadelphia. You might have caught her immersive outdoor rendition of The Wizard of Oz at Bartram’s Garden last summer.)

From Practice Gallery’s website:

You’re on a bus, you’re at your desk, or you’re in bed watching videos of baby animals or baby babies. This gives us, as viewers, a short burst of joy—one we can revisit and replay over and over. Yet, experiencing these videos via a digital medium betrays the inherent un-realness of the watching experience. UsTube invites you to watch a video of something that is occurring in the here and now, and you’ll be witnessing it all happen the first (and only time) it ever will. Not only that— but the act of making the video and watching the video are essentially the same here.

The exhibit runs until Jan. 24 and Practice is open on the weekends and by appointment.

We’ve seen a handful of art exhibits that explore the lines between technology and “real life” (whatever that means), like Lee Tusman’s video-game-in-real-life and Peter Erickson’s INTERFACE exhibit. (Erickson is, full disclosure, Technical.ly’s business manager.)

Advertisement

*Apparently, the pay ain’t great.

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

Advertisement

At Azavea’s Callowhill HQ, art offers a reprieve

Mayor Kenney is Snapchatting again

The Technoethicist: Is lying on social media OK?

SPONSORED

Philly

Vistar Media’s tech stack is not for the faint-of-heart

Chesterbrook

Deacom

Inside Sales Representative

Apply Now
Center City, Philadelphia

IntegriChain

Senior Business Analyst

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

IntegriChain

Senior Data Engineer

Apply Now

To celebrate online art FringeArts is opening… a pop-up bookstore?

Ideas don’t spread like viruses

More great old Philly pics from this wildly popular Facebook page

SPONSORED

Philly

MakeOffices’ new location is ripe for startup collaborations

Chesterbrook, PA

Deacom

Enterprise Software Sales Representative

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Azavea

Software Engineer, Geospatial Insights Team

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Clarivate Analytics

Senior UI Developer

Apply Now

Sign-up for regular updates from Technical.ly

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!