Canada / Duration 20m 57s / 2009
“Flag as inapproriate”. This unconspicuous button with a flag icon appears underneath every single YouTube video we watch marking the limits of our freedom in the Internet. Once flagged by anonymous users, after being checked by the also anonymous YouTube team, a video quickly disappears forever. In exactly this process, Dominic Gagnon intervenes. He ‘saves’ the flagged videos before they are deleted and adds them to a dark and mythological collage of American survivalism. People have their say, who deeply mistrust the government, who warn their fellow citizens, and who arm themselves visibly. An unclear image emerges. While the protagonists are scared of the almighty American government, the viewer is irritated what to find the most threatening in this video: the United States of America, the critics armed to the teeth with conspiracy theories, or the anonymous censorship power of the companies which control the web. Not only did the original material vanish without trace from YouTube, but Dominic Gagnon couldn’t upload RIP in Pieces America without it being flagged and removed either.
Dominic Gagnon (born in Rimouski, 1974) is an inventor, director, installer and active performer. He considers cinema as a technique for measuring the immeasurable or as a discipline of chaos. Since 1996, he has made public presentations of moving images, has invented machines and concepts, performs sound works, built facilities and creates performances in various galleries, festivals and biennials around the world. To carry out his projects, Gagnon has conducted research about the decline of economies, terror, violence and identity crisis among boys, the international adoption systems, information disorder and homelessness, Sado-Masochism and fetishism in popular culture and the family in the era of mega-entertainment. He lives in Québec.
Shown as part of the Failure Collective for the Festival of Failure