FÄQUE KNEWS, beginning March 27th online
Thanks to COVID- 19, we are forced to reconsider our use of the gallery space, in a moment when its traditional function is a sudden liability to public health. Like most art spaces, Lump has shut its doors and retracted into an entirely digital space. But instead of showing images of work that are originally designed to be experienced with feet on the ground, eyeball to canvas, Lump is investing its energy in showcasing work that is meant to exist solely in a digital space. FÄQUE KNEWS is the first of a series of exclusively digital projects that circumvent the traditional model of exhibition.
Geraldo Rivera recently told us on national T.V. that if we can hold our breath for more than ten seconds, then we clearly don’t have the Corona virus. That type of irresponsible reporting comes as no surprise, considering the recent wave of blame, rumor, paranoia, and misinformation that seems chronic to White House press conferences, and that internet entities embrace fervently. The chaos is downright exhausting, and our fatigue makes it tough to digest news of any caliber. So, Lump has invited specific artists to beam their personal version of a news broadcast, from behind the gallery’s shuttered doors, using a gloriously low budget, Lump TV set. This will exist as a work in progress, so the themes and methods of production will vary week to week. Videos will be posted on the website as they are produced, so check for new work every weekend, and watch the project evolve just as unexpectedly as the 24 hour news cycle.
This week: A rogue transmission from deep in the Virginia mountains. A meeting of ones.
Text based on the Futurist Manifesto by F.T. Marinetti from 1909.
The following video was, in 1985, purportedly slated to air in the last transmission from CNN, if the apocalypse were to hit, forcing the network to sign off.