#Teamkiki (For Institutional Use Only)
#Teamkiki is a collection of .gifs created as documentation of past performances and video works, the initial intention of these pieces were not to be seen as an “art object” but rather proof/documentation. Within my process, questions of performativity, ephemerality and Black subjectivity were raised.
In looking at the Viral Video, The Meme and .Gif and the problematics of the term ephemerality troubles and complicates the realities of a Black artists presence within the institution and whilst circulating work on net-based platforms. In juxtaposing the ephemerality of performance and reperformance to the Regram the quality of the content begins to deteriorate as does the authorship creating vulnerable work exhibited out of reach of its intended community. The process of going “Viral” can be seen as a form of consensual appropriation, with ever remix, Regram, reshare a quality is lost but what is gained is form of Cultural Capital, therefore when characterising such work as ephemeral the term may be seen as laced with problematics as it opens up possibilities for erasure, thus creating a weight of responsibility when exhibiting such work outside of its context, the use of footnotes is to stabilize the work and its intended audience. To reference is it maintain.