Digital material is never natural. It is
either generated or repurposed, and
always pre-inscribed with meaning. It settles in sediments, turning the Web
into a veritable billboard land: a frenetic free market in which corporations, private citizens, and fictional conglomerates all wave their own signs. It is a landscape rich with fiction, contradictions, and disjuncture. The new quickly becomes obsolete, and the old is continually revived. Internet-based montage, the assemblage of distinct materials into a new whole, is therefore both an inevitable and perpetual accident and an emerging, illuminating art form....
Montage is the final exhibition in Unmonumental: the Object in the
21st Century at the New Museum
of Contemporary Art.
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung's video Because Washington Is Hollywood For Ugly People (2007), is as visually outrageous as the often absurd political realities it parodies. Hung has created a rich iconography for his own work, which includes famous figures from both the entertainment and governmental spheres in high-adrenaline, Hollywood-style displays of bravado, libido, and general visual bombardment. George W. Bush's face is merged with Jennifer Aniston's, and Dick Cheney and Condoleeza Rice are romantically linked to other world leaders in a cavalcade of imagery found on the Internet. Exploiting the tropes of pop mythology, the piece considers contemporary power relations and pressing foreign policy issues, while revealing the cacophony of political messages offered to us by mainstream media.
Born 1976, Hong Kong / Lives and works in New York, NY. Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung is a new-media artist. He works in various media including Internet art, interactive installation, video animation, and performance. He won the "VIPER International Award-Internet" in Switzerland and was given an "Honorary Mention-Net Excellence" in the 2002 Prix Ars Electronica. In 2007, Hung received the Media Arts fellowships from Renew Media, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, to develop an online game about global warming.
PROJECT URL: rhizome.org/tin-kin
GENERAL URL: tinkin.com