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Notes toward a Kanye West VMA visionary award acceptance speech

by Martine Syms

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This document contains notes Syms took as a speech-writer while helping Kanye West prepare for his 2015 VMA speech. Disjointed and repetitious, sometimes achieving, sometimes falling short of inspiration, these notes provide some inkling into West's thought process, as he touts his clout and apologizes to Taylor.

This work is part of the series Files, available exclusively on Badlands’s website. Artists in the 21st century have a multitude of technological options for creating artworks. Using a computer, artists now print paintings, extrude sculptures from plastic compounds, even automate entire performances from a laptop. But whatever the form the work finally takes, it was first and foremost a file—a computer file that the artist created in order to control and direct the devices at her disposal. Artists using technology are all, in this regard, filemakers.

A file is the work before the work. It is the “score” that directs the printer, or projector, or speaker to create the form of expression we experience. And as such, artist files hold immense value and potential in contemporary culture. They are works in their own right that illuminate the sensibilities and ideas of some of the most compelling artists working today.

Each file is created by the artist and is saved as a document derived from the originating software that the artist used to create the file and subsequent work. As an essential element of the final work, the file is unique in how it manifests the “spirit” of what the work ends up becoming.

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2015

Microsoft Word document (.docx)

118 KB

Downloaded as a specially designed disk image installer (.dmg). Recommended for Apple computers.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Martine Syms

Martine Syms (born 1988) is an American artist based in Los Angeles who works in publishing, video, and performance. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened at venues including Human Resources, Bridget Donahue Gallery, the New Museum, Kunsthalle Bern, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Index Stockholm, MOCA Los Angeles, and MCA Chicago.

http://martinesyms.com/

2015

Microsoft Word document (.docx)

118 KB

Downloaded as a specially designed disk image installer (.dmg). Recommended for Apple computers.