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Michael Mandiberg
Installation view of "New Work", 2017

Michael Mandiberg
Installation view of "Postmodern Times", 2017
Digital Video, Edition of 5 + 2 APs
Postmodern Times is a shot-by-shot recreation of Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Mandiberg commissioned short clips of the film from online workers on the digital platform Fiverr.com, which he interspersed with clips from the original film. Each clip was produced by different workers, resulting in a fragmented and chaotic film that reflects the conditions of digital labor itself. The work also features a score that weaves together various interpretations of the original soundtrack, including a generic presentation of the MIDI data, passionate interpretations of the original score performed by musicians on Fiverr.com, and traces of the original score and foley sounds to connect the sound back to the original score. The transformative remix produces a chaotic soundtrack that splinters into digital glitches, only to reassemble around key leitmotifs present in the original score, which itself is representative of the conditions of the work’s creation. On December 19, the film will also be installed at LACMA in a screening that will follow a full union schedule, stopping for breaks accordingly, mirroring the schedule of a once routine but now atypical work day.

Michael Mandiberg
Left: Charlie Chaplin, Modern Times, 1936, Film Stills.
Right: Michael Mandiberg, Postmodern Times, 2016-2017. Video Stills.

Michael Mandiberg
Installation view of "New Work", 2017

Michael Mandiberg
View from the Window at Work, October 23 - November 1, 2016, 2016-2017
Inkjet prints
Dimensions variable
View from the Window at Work features a grid of hundreds of images taken by workers that Mandiberg employed on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Each person was paid 25 cents to take a photo outside the window in the room they work in, which Mandiberg then compiled into a grid of 4×6 images. The images reveal small details about the workers via the views seen from their windows, yet also blend into each other to form a general perspective of the now prevalent forms of immaterial labor in the digital age, where remote work is common, and the impersonal practice of hiring people for one-off tasks is ubiquitous.

Michael Mandiberg
View from the Window at Work, October 23 - November 1, 2016, 2016-2017
Inkjet prints
Dimensions variable
View from the Window at Work features a grid of hundreds of images taken by workers that Mandiberg employed on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Each person was paid 25 cents to take a photo outside the window in the room they work in, which Mandiberg then compiled into a grid of 4×6 images. The images reveal small details about the workers via the views seen from their windows, yet also blend into each other to form a general perspective of the now prevalent forms of immaterial labor in the digital age, where remote work is common, and the impersonal practice of hiring people for one-off tasks is ubiquitous.

Michael Mandiberg
View from the Window at Work, October 23 - November 1, 2016, 2016-2017
Detail

Michael Mandiberg
View from the Window at Work, October 23 - November 1, 2016, 2016-2017
Detail

Michael Mandiberg
View from the Window at Work, October 23 - November 1, 2016, 2016-2017
Detail

Michael Mandiberg
Installation view of "New Work", 2017

Michael Mandiberg
Installation view of "New Work", 2017

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Michael Mandiberg

New Work

11.16.2017 - 12.31.2017

Denny Gallery is pleased to present New Work, a solo exhibition by Michael Mandiberg. The exhibition will include a series of new video works and photographic installations. In addition, New Work includes a sound installation and a video that are part of Michael Mandiberg: Workflow, a related project at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

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Events

  • 11.16.17 Opening Reception | 6-8pm |

    Please join us for an opening reception for the artist, Michael Mandiberg.

  • 12.31.17 Closing Reception/Birthday Party | 9 pm - 1 am |

    Details t.b.a.


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