Single channel digital video remix with stereo sound, duration 00:04:22
Responding to a personal memory of the phenomenon of Nirvana, Goodwill Singalong explores the relationships and conflicts between subversive alternative music and praise and worship singing, playfully questioning these territories through the ubiquitous Karaoke video.
The work was originally made for multi-media group show Territorial Pissings, described by curator Caroline Johnston as “a show in which artists were invited to reflect upon their own countercultural loyalties and oppositional position to wider society, and how this facilitated and/or compromised cultural production.
“With works that manipulated the iconography and mythology of music subculture and adolescence to critique the conventions bohemian artists and musicians hold, Territorial Pissings explored how these indiscriminate loyalties to counterculture have evolved into the uneasy and prolonged adolescence of a generation who have lost faith in the adult milestones of the past.”
Flock House, Bulls, 11-13 February 2011
Curator: Sarah-Jane Parton
The Engine Room Gallery, Wellington, 8-25 August 2007
Curator: Caroline Johnston