Media Blender – Gretchen Bender
With a cunning eye and ideologically discursive twist, the late Gretchen Bender depicted the parasitic relationship between television, technology and our society’s totally fucked psychologically.
Over on west 18th street at Red Bull’s Contemporary Art Space the peppy proprietors just curated a mind-bending, art-blending multiplex ‘electronic theater’ featuring the late Gretchen Bender’s graphic ‘installationism.’ Titled ‘So Much Deathless’, the large-scale spectacle is comprised of countless monitors, projection screens, ad hoc arrangements, photo montages, sonic whimsies and avant-garde sculpture splicing together random news clips and juxtaposing cuckoo imagery from disparate sources.
The result is multipolar, totally manic mindfuck of an experience — a disorienting, almost sinister assault on the senses that concatenates visceral clips from commercials, film, cable news, and jarring imagery of hit squads and their victims to reframe and condense the mass media’s insanity (veteran cyberpunk Stuart Argabright’s sound only augments the discord).
Amalgamating TV, video, computer generated graphics and plenty of electronic pyrotechnics, Gretchen’s work is an interesting critique of late twentieth century capitalism which was, as she viewed it, “a political-economic system saturated by corporate self-representation and mass media acceleration.” Gretchen was an artist saboteur and world class rabble-rouser; she infiltrated mass media, subverted the art scene and bum-rushed the zeitgeist on its own terms. For her, “humanity is composed of videodrome refugees.”
We love how she hijacked the whole visual spectrum: from other artists, advertisers, the news cycle, transnational firms and the military industrial complex. The effect is a disturbing barrage that speaks to the accelerating power of images and data in the digital age. Gretchen Bender passed away in 2004 of cancer. We love her insane art! Check the images below…
Images Gretchen Bender Estate + Red Bull Studios
Gretchen Bender: ‘So Much Deathless’
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