every dog has its day

Alison Nguyen

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Alison Nguyen, every dog has its day (still)2019

e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films every dog has its day
Alison Nguyen

6 Minutes
Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday, February 22–Monday, March 8, 2021

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Alison Nguyen’s every dog has its day (2019), on view from Tuesday, February 22 through Monday, March 8, 2021.

…you didn’t do anything, all you did was you pushed a button.

every dog has its day brings together consumer-produced media dating from early Camcorder footage to smartphone videos, to present-day vlogger uploads and web-cam streams. In a frenetic montage, the work explores internet vernacular, mediated presence, and the inherent manipulation in image production and consumption loops. This work extends the artist’s interest in mass media and the more specified role of the prosumer amidst society’s changing relationship to images. Throughout the work, prosumers address anonymous audiences through their cameras. A camboy proselytizes; an early vlogger points her camcorder into the bathroom mirror; members of the Heaven’s Gate internet cult sit in white lawn chairs and tell the audience how they would like to be remembered after their death. every dog has its day approaches the digital image not only as an extension of the self but also as a mirroring of cultural conditions and corporate expansion. It explores the complexities of the circular notion that, while we produce images, images also produce us.

every dog has its day is presented here as one of four films in Part Two | Virtually Yours, the second of five programs in the online film and video series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

True Fake runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

Image, Technology, Film, Internet
Mass Media & Entertainment, Media Critique, Video Art
Return to Part Two | Virtually Yours

Alison Nguyen is a New York–based artist whose work spans video, installation, performance, and new media. Her work has been presented at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea, the Everson Museum × Lightwork, the Dowse Art Museum, the International Studio & Curatorial Program, AC Gallery Beijing, Half Gallery, Signs and Symbols, La Kaje, Hartnett Gallery, and the University of Oklahoma, among others. Her screenings include: e-flux, Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Oberhausen, CPH:DOX, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Channels Festival International Biennial of Video Art, True/False Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, the Jewish Museum, and Microscope Gallery. In 2018 she was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” She received her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University and her BA in Literary Arts from Brown University. She will be a 2023–24 artist in the Whitney Independent Studies Program.


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