Digital video loop, single channel, 2’20”, 2013
Group Performance is a digital video loop created by compositing 17 unrelated YouTube performances of ”La donna è mobile” by Giuseppe Verdi. All singers, including the celebrity opera tenors and karaoke amateurs, begin together, yet because of natural differences in musical interpretation, original formatting of the sound/video recording and frame rate conflicts, the group performance turns into a strange sonic depravity. YouTube material included features Frèdo Barletti, Piotr Beczala, Jussi Björling, Marius Roth Christensen, Mario Del Monaco, Placido Domingo, Mario Filippeschi, Juan Diego Florez, Róbert Ilosfalvy, Karaoke Opera Montreal, Paliatsaras Konstantinos, Alfredo Kraus, Mario Lanza, Aquiles Machado, Luciano Pavarotti, Robert Picardo (EMH Star Trek), Prince Poppycock and Ferruccio Tagliavini.
Marcin Ramocki is a Polish-born Brooklyn artist working with a variety of computer centered media. His practice ranges from digital installations and online work, to feature length documentary movies. Thematically, these often revolve around conceptual portraiture, fascination by various social networks, and self-reflective commentary on contemporary art world. He is best known for his documentary projects ”8 BIT” (2006) and ”Brooklyn DIY” (2009), as well as shorter digital forms like ”Virtual Singer” (2000), ”Torcito Project” (2005) or ”Blogger Skins” (2009). Marcin’s work has been shown at MoMa, Hirshhorn Museum, Pacific Film Archives, Anthology Film Archives, Art Futura, Wexner Center, ZKM, ACME Melbourne, Le Palais de Glace Buenos Aires and many more. He is a proud member of the online collective spiritsurfers.net and occasionally published texts related to digital media and internet-related art. Marcin teaches New Media art at New Jersey City University.