NEWSFEED, 2017

Airspace Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Newsfeed is a new text-based work compiled from a data list of the most popular YouTube videos in the UK on 1st June 2017. The list is an alternative narrative of a particular time and place. Out of context, the list reads like a series of newspaper headlines. It reveals trends, such as the current obsessions for fidget toys and minecraft, alongside more timeless interests like politics and the Royal Family (the work was made just days before the UK general election). The work explores the idea of simultaneously acting as a newsfeed and as an archival document, shifting from the former to the latter in the duration of the exhibition.

This alternative narrative has particular resonance after the recent introduction of the phrase ‘alternative facts’ to the media, and also in the way that our ‘real’ interests are both revealed and data-mined from our behaviour on the internet. It also reflects on the way in which the digital world has reappropriated and popularised the term 'archive' for data storage.

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