Part of a series of films reconstructing (RECON) moments of 20th century art out of remakes sourced from the internet. Other RECONS:
“Completing our journey through vlogs and artistic re-interpretations, Dick Whyte's work, Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger, records a slightly different iteration of the theme. This time around, the source material consists of people videotaping themselves reconstructing the famous scene of Andy Warhol eating a hamburger. The work is part of a series of "RECON" works which re-construct several famous scenes by remixing different YouTube and other online video re-enactments. In 'My Meds', Bookchin identified and presented the ways in which vloggers mimicked the media more or less unconsciously. Here, Whyte identifies and re-presents people consciously, directly and parodically mimicking art and the media. If one purpose of art is to express the human on behalf of the many who have no outlet for self-expression, then Whyte's work explores the phenomenon of people obtaining expression and re-interpreting existing artworks. If our first three artists turned the camera around to record and present personal expressions gathered across the net, Whyte turns the camera around to record and present online videos which have already turned that camera around and trained it on artistic and media production itself.” (Alexandra Hay, Record/Record, 2011)
“Dick Whyte’s Recon series... remixes scenes from films or “high-art” works with reenactments that people have posted on YouTube, more or less celebrating the creativity that occurs the moment a person hits the record button. By remixing the originals with the reenactments by average people his works 'deterritorialize the category of 'high-art' and reclaim these works for the people as 'folk' art'.” (Laura Kalthoff, Record/Record, 2011)
Recon of Andy Warhol Eats A Hamburger made from 33 YouTube clips (including the original). This was originally a scene in Jorgen Leth's "66 Scenes from America" (a documentary film comprised of 66 long-take sequences of Americans doing things). In this particular sequence Andy Warhol eats a hamburger. As Leth writes, "He is told that he has to say his name and that he should do so when he has finished performing his action, but what happens is that the action takes a very long time to perform; it's simply agonizing.I have to admit that I personally adore that, because its a pure homage to Warhol. It couldnt be more Warholesque. That's of course why he agreed to do it." (Mette Hjort & Ib Bondebjerg, The Danish Directors: Dialogues on a Contemporary National Cinema, p70)
I recently discovered that someone had a similar idea about a year ago and collected all the Andy Warhol Eats a Hamburger videos on their blog: pietmondriaan.com/2009/09/29/andy-warhol-eats-a-hamburger/ Ha! Great minds think alike, or as I like to say, "like minds like to tell each other they're great."
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