Lake District Walks

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Lake District Walk:
Augmented Video Reality

mobile phone video, 2007–2008

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Lake District Walk:
Code Mosh

mobile phone video, 2007–2008

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Lake District Walk:
Raw Source

mobile phone video, 2007–2008

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Glitch Lake
corrupted video, undated

There are many Lake District Walk videos and the three collected in MOGA represent a variety of outputs that The Artist 2.0 was focused on during his time in this reclusive location. The first work included here, Lake District Walk: Augmented Video Reality, plays with a geometric glitter-glitch effect that has since become popular in mainstream New Aesthetic circles. The second work on view at MOGA, Lake District Walk: Code Mosh, is an experimental hike through the woods where what seems most natural is now revealed to be nothing more than a stream of corrupted data that disturbs our understanding of nature and its relationship to the sublime. The third work on display from this series is titled Lake District Walk: Raw Source, a work that simply records the artist walking in the woods and capturing the surrounding data as if documenting a work of earth-performance art. But is this work not always already manipulated by the recording itself?

The Lake District Walks section of the museum also features a stand-alone video piece titled Glitch Lake. Historians question the exact location of the lake in question and wonder if this might not be a work of appropriation art that resonates with the artist’s fascination with the art of transmission. The signature-style glitter-glitch effect used in this work indicates that the artist is moving away from some of the more politicized imagery of the art school years and entering a new phase focused on what others later term “vital beauty,” “image-oriented ontology” and the “New Aesthetic.”