UsTube: Donna Oblongata
December 2015 and January 2016
On view December 4th, 2015 – January 24th, 2016
So make a video! Why not?
You’re on a bus, you’re at your desk, or you’re in bed watching videos of baby animals or baby babies. This gives us, as viewers, a short burst of joy—one we can revisit and replay over and over. Yet, experiencing these videos via a digital medium betrays the inherent un-realness of the watching experience. UsTube invites you to watch a video of something that is occurring in the here and now, and you’ll be witnessing it all happen the first (and only time) it ever will. Not only that— but the act of making the video and watching the video are essentially the same here.
About the Artist
Donna Oblongata is primarily a theatre artist and writer. In 2006, she co-founded the punk rock theatre company, The Missoula Oblongata, with whom she made and toured critically acclaimed plays around the country for seven years. She’s been a member of the Baltimore-based collective Wham City, directing a touring stage adaptation of the movie Jurassic Park that Rolling Stone cited as one of the reasons Baltimore had the “Best Scene in the Country.”
Donna’s interactive-play-in-a-box-for-an-audience-of-no-one was included in Wham City’s Box Set #1, which was released at the Whitney Museum of American Art that same year. To learn more about Donna and her work, visit: www.donnaoblongata.com