“Mass Ornament” by Natalie Bookchin

  • ©, Natalie Bookchin, Mass Ornament
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    Mass Ornament

Artist(s) and People Involved:



Artist Statement:

    Natalie Bookchin presents Mass Ornament, a collection of YouTube clips of people dancing alone in their homes. The artist has edited these solo clips to form a dance sequence, set to a soundtrack drawn from two 1935 films, Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers and Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. By creating an ensemble out of lone performers, the work is both a portrait of isolation and connectedness. The dancer, alone in her room, performs a dance routine that is both extremely private and extraordinarily public, and is a perfect expression of our digital age. Natalie Bookchin’s videos and installations explore new forms of documentary and the stories we are now telling about ourselves and the world.

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  • 2013 Bookchin Mass Ornament
  • Image from bookchin.net