ABE & MO SING THE BLOGS
Blogs, like the Blues, have been credited with channeling "the voice
of the people," but do blogs adhere to any one set of characteristics
that defines them as a genre? And how might blogs be understood as public spaces, in light of the time-based performances that take place there?
Selecting the postings that comprise the greatest "hits" of some of
their favorite blogs, Abe Linkoln & Marisa Olson "sing the blogs" in
order to address these questions. While Linkoln's posts speak to
musical genres at large, Olson's posts seek to find harmony with
specific models. Both question the status of the author's voice...
The whole "album" is presented as a form of reblog, in an effort to
self-reflexively dive into the meme culture that is its subject. The
artists' blog gets situated as the site of a happening, and their
intention is to come back and continue depositing performative
Linkoln & Olson frequently work in the blog format. Previous examples
of their collaborative work include Universal Acid and Blog Art, and
separate projects My Boyfriend Came Back from the War (Abe Linkoln's
2004 Blog Mix), Screenfull.net (Linkoln & Jimpunk), and Marisa's
American Idol Audition Training Blog.