is a new text-based work by Sarah Taylor Silverwood
, compiled from a data list of the most popular YouTube videos in the UK on 1st June 2017.
The list is an alternative narrative of a particular time and place. Out of context, the list reads like a series of newspaper headlines. It reveals trends, such as the current obsessions for fidget toys and minecraft, alongside more timeless interests like politics and the Royal Family (the work was made just days before the UK general election). The work explores the idea of simultaneously acting as a newsfeed and as an archival document, shifting from the former to the latter in the duration of the exhibition.
This alternative narrative has particular resonance after the recent introduction of the phrase ‘alternative facts’ to the media, and also in the way that our ‘real’ interests are both revealed and data-mined from our behaviour on the internet. It also reflects on the way in which the digital world has reappropriated and popularised the term 'archive' for data storage.
The work continues Sarah Taylor Silverwood’s interest in exploring archival processes and narrative, and the interplay between digital and physical forms of information.
Sarah Taylor Silverwood is a visual artist working across a range of mediums, including drawing, text and print, primarily investigating the possibilities of narrative and archival practices. Recent residencies include Longbridge Public Art Project (2016), Make/Shift/Space (2016), the British Consulate in Chicago, USA (2014) and The University of Birmingham (2013). Solo projects include the New Art Gallery Walsall (2015) and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (2012).
Sarah is a Board Director for DACS (2014-present) and a studio holder at A3 Project Space.