An ORIGINAL FICTION evolves into a Based on a True Story to destabilize the roles of an ensemble cast: the character, the actor, the fan, the author. More info
BOY’Dega: Edited 4 Syndication presents the dissolving of explicit boundaries, in a Baltimore populated by all those who verge on participation. This stylized forensic drama is tangled together in clusters, information gangs, each looking to steal and absorb more content for the benefit of its own authenticity and self preservation. Visitors will ultimately decide who deserves this honor. Each will have the opportunity to navigate a codified world constructed from original footage, character studies, backstory, lineage, and invented BOY’Dega fan communities: raging against the original with their own vision of the show. Discover spin-off images that capture the creators at nightclubs in wardrobe stolen from the set, geo-tagging, gossip, archaeological digs, breakfast in the street, sexy photo albums, murder, protest, stand up comedy, etc.—all formatted to extinguish isolation and create comfort for an inevitable trip to the grave.
Malcolm Lomax and Daniel Wickerham
Abdu Ali Eaton
Nayte Luvell Gard
Isabella Paulina Gonzalez
You were constructed but from parts, nameless. You were given electricity (technology), were forced to socialize, to ask fundamental questions about being human. You found your ensemble cast, forcing a contamination but giving you what you’d been lacking—family. Losing (sharing) a little self to gain a little other, maximizing endurance, increasing longevity. And from contamination: syndication. From family: imposters, progeny, and deviations.
Television’s evolving penchant for storytelling has given way to its own peripheral distribution platforms such as: Hulu, Netflix, official show sites, and fan sites that inform a show’s episodic universe. These central narratives can also manage to be at odds with their syndicated selves, leading towards: moralizing re-edits, binge viewing, appropriation, shared commentary, and further convolution. Through these, a new story evolves that implicates the collective makers, participants, and addicts as formidable foes to the show’s creators.
BOY’Dega: Edited 4 Syndication is a website that uses a model to extrapolate scenarios and visuals from systems that seek to either qualify or quantify the body in the urban sphere, and through levels of role confusion create a form of security through obscurity. The site is a supplemental to the show’s non-existence, a consciously chosen mirage based on aspects of HBO’s The Wire. The model posits the nature of interchangeability through a set of key roles in any show’s cannon: the character, the author, the fan, and the actor working towards a dissolving of their stability. HBO’s The Wire presented a metropolis where bureaucratic institutions and the people they quantify are steeped in codes, hierarchies, and modes of conduct while simultaneously policing each other. The show’s creator David Simon uses the phrase “juking the stats” to refer to institutions that set up systems and test only to benefit from their results directly. This phrase/action, implying moral ambiguity, sets a working model for his series. The nature of this ambiguity lead us to our model and a set of 5 central terms as modes of operation.
BOY’Dega: Edited 4 Syndication presents itself as fan-fiction parlaying as an artwork both intended to inform one another by taking a Trojan Horse and trapping it in the droste effect. Distanciation, the supplemental, cultural practices, process/procedural, and self preservation cause further proliferation, engender new forms to present ideas of propagation, of reproduction, of mutation, of generation, and of moving from a place of origin to a Frankensteinian notion of selfhood.