Christopher Baker, Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise, 2008. Multi-channel multimedia installation.
It has long been noted that video art has been a missing link in the Saatchi collection, but that has now changed in a big way. Saatchi has opened a new screening room specifically for video art, just 50 yards from the collections head quarters in London.
Hello World! Or: How I Learned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise is the debut exhibition at the aptly named Saatchi Screen, and features the work of Christopher Baker. The show, which runs until the 28th Februrary, sees an accumulation of 5,000 videos, in one giant installation of video and sound, that loops through a range of material sourced from the internet.
Baker, a former scientist, takes an interest in the way that people choose to express themselves, with particular focus on the medium that they use, and the forums in which they choose to do so. The internet has revolutionised the way that people communicate and connect with the world, and this is both celebrated and scrutinised in Bakers work.
Hello World! seems to be an exciting way to get the Saatchi video collection well underway and to open the Saatchi Screen to an eager video art audience.