old Cuts Video Festival is an annual curated
exhibition of video works by contemporary
Canadian and international artists. This event runs
in conjunction with the Dawson City International Short
Film Festival held in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.
Television occupies the cultural periphery of our
everyday. Its structures are entrenched and recognizable.
Its intentions are constructed yet ambiguous. Its
influence pervasive. And we must question it.
The works in the 2015 iteration of Cold Cuts Video
Festival: Faking It use parody and imitation to explore
the facets and broad influence of television. Although
mimicking the codes of television, these video works
defy sublimation into the agendas, politics, and power
structures of media conglomerates and imagine a new
and glaringly absurd television world. As Alex Bag
states, her work “skewers the tropes of consumer and
media culture. Questioning how we define ourselves
in relation to television, fashion, advertising and the
artworld, [these works are] mediated parodies that
teeter between celebration and critique.”
Alex Bag, Untitled
(Project for Whitney Museum), 38 min, 2009
In Alex Bag’s ironic performance videos, the artist adopts
a series of personae to create droll conceptual parodies.
With her signature deadpan delivery and deliberately
low-tech style, Bag mixes the vernacular of pop culture )ݥѠ