James McCann | ’99 Music Videos | GARRINCHA

27/01/2015

 

Initiating the GARRINCHA programme for 2015, Catalyst Arts in collaboration with The Hatfield House presents Glasgow based artist James McCann’s99 Music Videos’ on Friday 30th January 5pm.

The Hatfield House | Ormeau Road | January 30th 5pm

James Mc Cann is a Cork/Glasgow based artist and Royal College of Art graduate, he is currently studying for a PhD at Glasgow School of Art. His work is usually Sculpture, Video, or Performance based. His most recent work 99 Music Videos, is an ambitious project containing 99 separate films.

“I am interested in the idea of the compulsive artist/maker as allegorical construct, and that as an artist I am endlessly re-incarnating and re-appropriating what is essentially one unknown object. 

99 Music Videos is a project I have been working on for the last two years. The title is an appropriation of a utilitarian term, which has developed its own history and cultural identity. The number 99 was chosen because it is the largest double digit number. Similarly to the words ‘Music Video’, 99 is a number which has developed it’s own poetics (through ice creams, Nena, and Jay Z) while still retaining a utilitarian sense of units and of production.

This duality between utilitarianism and poetics is a theme that underlines the project as a whole. It’s origins were a pragmatic way of generating of work without a studio and utilizing non sequiturs and half formed ideas. Conversely, I have also been thinking about Walter Benjamin’s writings on the fragment and idea’s as constellation. A constellation as something which has a unique collective identity which only exists as the sum of all its parts.”

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