“Watch Me Get Watched” and Gary Dauphin

September 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm

“Watch Me Get Watched” video art screening program, curated by Glenn Phillips and Catherine Taft, with performance by Nao Bustamante.
Screening of Hotghettomess and videos selected by Gary Dauphin
Presentation by Gary Dauphin on the “pose” as a marker of identity and social standing

“Watch Me Get Watched”, organized by Glenn Phillips and Catherine Taft, brings together multiple generations of video artists whose work straddles the exhibitionism and voyeurism inherent in videomaking. These works are driven less by their own internal logic, than by the systems of looking, behaving and watching that they construct (often leaving the audience ready to see more). With works by Ben Chase, Bianca D’Amico, Arthur Ginsberg and Video Free America, Micol Hebron, Sterling Ruby and Kirsten Stoltman, Jennifer Sullivan, John Williams, and more.

Gary Dauphin will present a visual archaeology of the web phenomenon “hotghettomess,” through the notions of slideshow, photosharing, and family portrait. He will deal with issues around the database-driven “pose” — role-play and presentation through blogs, profiles, and photosharing sites — and how it serves as a marker of culture and identity, as it circulates through various interfaces and translations. Concerned with the tensions around the public display that could threaten one’s standing in the world (increasingly an issue with instantaneous web 2.0 culture, where one’s reputation or rank is ever more precarious), he will, at the same time, probe into the “counter-visibilities” that emerge, which allow one to play WITH the presumed inappropriateness, rather than working against it. The latter can challenge our assumptions, and perhaps change the rules of the game.

Gary Dauphin is a writer, editor and interactive community builder. His current project is the Goonj Collective, an online community and publishing initiative funded by the Open Society Institute. Goonj (which means “echo” in Urdu) was founded by Dauphin, editor Michael Vazquez, copyright lawyer Achal Prabhala and Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana to provide literary magazines based in the developing world with content-management, archiving and interactive community tools.

Previous to his work with Goonj, Dauphin held a number of positions at leading ethnic websites, including founding Director and Editor-in-Chief of AOL Black Voices, Editor-in-Chief of Africana.com and Editor-in-Chief and Site Manager of BlackPlanet.com. Over the last decade, he has also penned several hundred articles on media, race, and interactivity for venues such as The Village Voice, Bidoun, Vibe and Lacanian Ink. He also blogs under his own steam at www.ebogjonson.com.

Dauphin was born and raised in New York City to Haitian parents and studied film theory at Yale University. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, and his internet name is ebogjonson.