Sleepwalker media coverage: The remixes (2014)
Media coverage you can dance to: featuring Marcus Bering, ’music-journalist’ Stephen Mallinder, and Kim Min Su.
Marcus Bering. Cropped still from "Sleepwalker sculpture media coverage overload vs. Theme from Wrangler" (2014) at artdesigncafe.com. Found sentence in article , automated translation, visualization. (Link below.)
Imagine waking up one morning to find out that your art project is all over national television, announcing a controversy that you didn’t expect. That’s what happened to artist Tony Matelli in February 2014, when his Sleepwalker sculpture installed at Wellesley College literally took on a life of its own through the media and internet, resulting in 800 TV broadcasts, 5000+ articles in 96+ countries.
Phase I: Research and documentation
In summer 2014, artdesigncafe.com independently discovered, documented and released a compilation revealing a great deal of the international media coverage. Phase I of the project included interviews of Matelli, the media relations consultant of the project, a media relations evaluation by a PR specialist, an overview article partnered with Sculpture magazine, and a Q&A discussion with commentary by the current and former directors of a UK art centre. For more information on Phase I, click Sleepwalker research.
After the research phase, in artdesigncafe fashion it was time to reinterpret the media coverage and think about selected text, visuals and sound for reinterpretation, resulting in Sleepwalker media coverage: The remixes.
The remixes feature music selections by legendary music-journalist Stephen Mallinder, a founding member of the highly influential Cabaret Voltaire band. ’Dot artist’ Marcus Bering and conceptualist Kim Min Su offer visuals and text selection/design inspired by the music and reinterpret the coverage. Bob Brown at the Wellesley-based Swellesley Report, who originally broke key stories with mediagenic angles about the Sleepwalker later consumed by national and international media, offered his original photos for the presentation.
Previous independent remixes and media coverage compilations at artdesigncafe have focused on media coverage sets concerning artists Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, the Leeds 13, Paul McCarthy, Gregor Schneider, and Spencer Tunick.