Oceanfront Manhunt
Yelena Zhelezov (US)
video, 2016, 4:39

The video is made by screen-recording a virtual walk through a 3D model of a Malibu beach house for sale on a real estate website and valued at $3,000,000. The accompanying voiceover narration draws on early Soviet rhetoric and Object Oriented thought that rejects privileging the human over other existences. By defamiliarising the mundane activity of online shopping, the work explores the possibilities in re-interpretation of existing economic structures and human/object relationships.

Yelena Zhelezov (US/BY), born in 1980, works in sculpture, video and performance. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Polotsk (Belarus) and holds an MFA from CalArts. Her work examines the effect of image-based fictive storytelling on the ways that history is formalised in the public imagination. She has presented work at the Hammer Museum, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Human Resources, Actual Size Gallery, NCCA Yekaterinburg, The Wende Museum and is a host of the Spoken Film Radio show on KCHUNG, LA based artist-run radio station.