A stunning experience

McKewen, Daniel (2014) A stunning experience. [Visual Artwork]

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‘A Stunning Experience’ pits Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman against each other in an infinite interview. Through simple editing and compositing, both parties are rendered mute, positioned at either edge of a black void. The interviewer/interviewee dynamic is playfully reconfigured into an awkward exchange comprised entirely of blinks, breaths and head-nods. Accompanied by the sound of a curious and whispering studio audience, this wordless clash between the two talk show titans becomes emblematic of their infamous sixteen-year feud. The quasi-staring contest upends the cult of personality surrounding these iconic television hosts, while also creating and proposing a space for reflection upon the experiential and even meditative potential of watching television.

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ID Code: 94155
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Funders: Australia Council
Material: Two-channel HD video installation with stereo sound
Measurements or Duration: Infinite loop, installation dimensions vary
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
Kudos Gallery, Sydney 2013-10-15 2013-10-26
Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane 2014-08-01 2014-09-20
Keywords: Contemporary Art, Video Art, Installation, Popular Culture, Screen Culture
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Funding:
  • AUSTRALIA COUNCIL/182449
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Daniel McKewen
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2016 23:05
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 04:23

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