Ed Atkins and Alex Da Corte in Conversation

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My vote is for incoherence.Louisiana Channel brought together two young artists, who have taken the art world by storm. Experience Alex Da Corte and Ed Atkins in this video where they talk about each other’s video works and their contexts.

Whenever you lose something, it immediately becomes something else … it has a new pedestal, and memory becomes fantasy really quickly – or horror or nightmares. It can go either way, but it becomes something skewered from what it is,

Da Corte argues.

The plastic objects and food items in his video work ‘Chelsea Hotel No. 2’ (2010) are thus “all in their own right proposing to be something other than what it is.” Atkins picks up on this and comments how these things – due to their overt symbolism – also become “hyperreal or sort of excessive in their appearance and therefore a bit grotesque, but also somehow truthful in either their erotic aspect or their tangibility … their viscosity.”

“What we don’t want is for technology’s fidelity to be such that it sort of usurps our own mortal clumsiness.” The two artists also touch upon how modern technology has somehow becomes so flawless that it seems fake, making Atkins add technical mistakes to his video works on purpose: “It’s a weirdly comforting thing to retrieve some analogue error.”

On his work ‘Happy Birthday!!’ (2014) – as well as his work in general – Atkins furthermore adds that “it’s also about the reality of this world versus the world that I’m putting in the video. The world in the videos is a horrible, purgatorial kind of looping nowhere.”

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