Oliver Laric’s pratice is characterised by the manipulation and restructuring of existing broadcast media, using YouTube, webchat programs and graphics programs as both the raw material and also method of display for his work. In works such as 50 50 2008 (2008) Laric harvest and re-edits YouTube posted footage of multiple fan’s Karaoke reinterpretations of 50 Cent’s rapping, to form one continuous version of the song that cuts from stranger to stranger every few seconds, while their renditions join to create a continuous musical rendition. Similar strategies include a series called Stevie Wonder Duets, in which Laric combines two separately recorded YouTube videos of two users playing the same song. One sings ’Isn’t she lovely’ whilst the other accompanies on piano. These works are then joined and released into YouTube by Laric.
Laric’s curatorial project, in collaboration with Aleksandra Domanovic, Christoph Priglinger, Georg Schnitzer can be found at www.vvork.com.