Bottled Songs

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Bottled Songs is a series of video letters exchanged between Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee, investigating desire, power and terrorism in online and social media.

The videos, recorded from the artist-researchers’ desktops, depict and interrogate their subjects’ compulsive engagement in the production of everyday myths and fictions about themselves and others.

Two chapters from the series, "My Crush was a Superstar" and "The Spokesman" are presented at the 2018 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz.

“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.

“The Spokesman” investigates the online traces of a British news reporter who was kidnapped and appeared in several Islamic State propaganda videos.

Bottled Songs was conceived with the support of the Harun Farocki Institut, sponsored by the Goethe Institut. It was further developed at m-cult(Helsinki) within the framework of the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange, funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Read an interview with Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Kevin B. Lee.