Andrew Kachel and Xavier Cha talk about censorship, digital representation, and her controversial contribution to ♥Like: A BOFFO Instagram Project. New York based artist Xavier Cha’s work engages with the presentation of self in networked culture. Inhabiting modes of translation and manipulation that aid the digital circulation of information, Cha’s work also offers insight into coded desires that are manifest across social media platforms. These desires were central to a work Cha made for the… [read more »]
In their techno-apocalyptic new video, Nguzunguzu foreshadow the ominous fate of our world with destructively danceable fervor. Recontextualizing a filmic landscape in which the last surviving element of entertainment is destruction itself, “Mecha” is as timely as it is prophetic. Directed by Jude MC, the work repurposes myriad images of contemporary sci-fi and action films and synchronizes them with spine-chilling accents of alien percussion. The enduring, doomsday-like aura of the video evokes a social commentary that speaks to the heart of our culture: in the wake of technological advancement, we destroy. And out of the debris, we repurpose.