Bottled Songs 3 & 4
a video installation by Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee
Bottled Songs is an on-going series of video letters investigating desire, power and terrorism in online and social media. The videos, recorded from the researchers’ desktops, depict and interrogate their subjects’ compulsive engagement in the production of everyday myths and fictions about themselves and others.
This video installation presents Chapters 3 and 4 from the series. « The Spokesman » (aka « A Guide to be driven ») investigates the online traces of John Cantlie, a British news reporter who was kidnapped and appeared in several Islamic State's propaganda videos. « My Crush was a Superstar » tracks a French ISIS fighter, Abu Abdallah Guitone, through a trail of messages, videos and postings to uncover his existence in both social media and reality. This leads to an uncomfortable first-person exploration of the gender dynamics behind ISIS recruitment strategies.
Bio of the artists:
Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, media artist, critic and teacher based in Germany. He has made over 360 video essays for online video channels, festivals and crossmedia platforms. His award-winning Transformers: The Premake was named one of the best documentaries of 2014 by Sight & Sound Magazine and played in several festivals including the Berlin Film Festival Critics Week. His works have screened at festivals and exhibitions including the Viennale, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Austrian Film Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. He was 2017 Artist in Residence of the Harun Farocki Institut in Berlin. He is Professor of Crossmedia Publishing at Merz Akademie, Stuttgart.
Chloé Galibert-Laîné is a French filmmaker and researcher. She is currently writing a PhD at the art-research doctoral program SACRe (École normale supérieure de Paris), and teaches film studies at Université Paris 8. She directed several award-winning short fiction films and stage productions. Her video essays about film and media are regularly screened in academic contexts and film festivals.
As a duo, the artists were selected to be the 2018 European Media Artist Platform Residents at m-cult in Helsinki. Their joint work has been shown in festivals such as Rotterdam International Film Festival, Ars Electronica Festival, Impakt Festival in Utrecht and Bandits-Mages in Bourges, and discussed in venues including the Freie Universität Berlin, the Essay Film Festival in London, the Temple University Documentary Symposium, the Berlinale Talents program, the Yale University Theory/Practice Symposium, and the Jihadi Audiovisualities conference at the University of Mainz.