Ways of Something is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s BBC documentary, Ways of Seeing (1972). Commissioned by The One Minutes, at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and compiled by Lorna Mills, the project consists of one-minute videos by 114 web-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of art-making after the internet.
Isabella was invited by Lorna Mills in 2014 to create a minute for the second episode (minute 20) alongside Kevin Heckart, Geraldine Juárez, Gaby Cepeda, Angela Washko, Emilie Gervais, LaTurbo Avedon, Lyla Rye, Mattie Hillock, Antonio Roberts, Georges Jacotey, Daniel Rourke, Sandra Rechico & Annie Onyi Cheung, Yoshi Sodeoka, Alma Alloro, LoVid, Andrea Crespo, Adriana Minolti, Arjun Ram Srivatsa, Carrie Gates, Esteban Ottaso, ZIL & ZOY, Hyo Myoung Kim, Jesse Darling, Tristan Stevens, Erica Lapadat-Janzen, Claudia Hart and Anthony Antonellis.
The original second episode, is a contentious and sometimes maddening look at the female nude in the western tradition. Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices of video-making, Ways of Something is constituted by aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media and the internet. Ultimately, it turns the highbrow nature of the original documentary film into a exuberant and disjointed series on how artists understand art today. Ways of Something is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet.
Ways of Something has been shown at School of the Art Institute of Chicago – SAIC (USA); Exam, Plovdiv (BG); Gallery Monitor, Gothenburg (SE); Moving Image Art Fair Istanbul (TR); Pluk de Nacht, Arnhem and Utrecht (NL); A Campingflight to Lowlands Paradise (NL); SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa (CA); Museum Hilversum (NL); Kurzo Gallery, Pargue (CZ); Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham (UK); Vivid Projects, Birmingham (UK); Western Front, Vancouver (CA); Kunsthal Nikolaj, Copenhagen (DK); reVIZOR, Veselí nad Moravou (CZ); The Photographers Gallery, London (UK); transmediale, Berlin (DE); Galerie dé, Olomouc (CZ); Phormix, Athens (GR); PAF – Festival of Film Animation Olomouc (CZ); Gray Area, San Fransico (USA); Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL); deBuren, Brussels (BE); Dortmunder U (DE); Drents Museum/CBK Assen (NL); Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL); Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL); SCHUNCK*, Heerlen (NL); Transfer Gallery, NYC (USA) and the The Wrong Digital Art Biennial since it was commissioned in 2014, and it continues to be exhibited and screened internationally.
Images below are from Isabella’s section, and the main image shows the work installed at The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2016.