Random Rules • YouTube playlists for Pulse art fair NYC


The artist as filter. The artist as curator. The curator curating the artists to curate.

Curated by Marina Fokidis.

Includes selections by Amsterdam-based kunstenaars Linda Wallace, presenting clips of people singing the Divinyls ‘When I Think About You I Touch Myself, Matthieu Laurette’s collection of Artist biopic film trailers continuing on from his exhibition Artist Biopic Cinema at Smart Project Space and Ahmet Ögüt’s recycling of viral video, film and television.



PULSE PLAY > New York 2009
Random Rules: A Chanel of Artists’ selections from YouTube
Curated by Marina Fokidis

Many believe that since the launch of YouTube in 2005, the history of the moving image has diverted from its canonical route. The website, which makes it possible for anyone who can use a computer to post a video, reaches millions of people daily.

Like no other time before, it is now possible for amateur videos, music videos, film footage, commercials and news segments as well as (in some cases) artists’ videos to be mingled together in a random way, free of any preconceived hierarchy or system. According to Fokidis, the active use of YouTube is a form of curating and “Different people’s ‘playlists’ are transformed into exhibitions and “tagging” becomes a process of random archiving.” For PULSE PLAY>Random Rules, Fokidis has invited several emerging and established artists to create their very own playlists thereby presenting these artists not only as artists, but as curators and as collectors as well. Artists include Andrea Angelidakis, Aids 3D, AVAF, Pablo Leon de la Barra, Erick Beltran, Keren Cyter, Jeremy Deller, Cerith Wyn Evans, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Dora Garcia, Rodney Graham, Annika Larsson, Matthieu Laurette, Ingo Niermann, Miltos Manetas, Ahmet Ogut, Angelo Plessas, Lisi Raskin, Linda Wallace.

The selections will be available simultaneously in the video lounge at the Fair and online as a YouTube Channel