Who is Franky D`miedo?
"You`ve probably seen him as a host of social event called Live Arts, he invites both self-though and formally trained artists to perform their practices in front of a live audience. Franky Dmiedo is Franco Cortez`s persona that is sent out to investigate and pose questions about art and himself; by parodying what it may be to be an artist in today`s generation?
What is FearTV?
"Is a one-guy-only pop-up broadcast news-team where he performs staged Live interventions around exhibitions and events in Oslo, Norway. Broadcasting these transmissions first exclusively for his followers on the Instagram account and calling them episodes. Attempting to trigger everybody`s #FOMO (fear of missing out); fear is the driving force of Franky as it ignites his awareness of what`s around and new to behold. Investigating art scenes and social platforms; his ambition is to make art even more accessible."
-Franco Cortez -
How can I merge the tangible with the digital experience? How can I apply elements from social media onto my work, in order to develop my practice?
My artistic practice focuses on creating fluid social events that are appropriating ideograms as theatrical props from current social-media platforms. I apply formats from talk shows and television game shows onto live online experiences, conducting these investigations by adopting the character Franky D`miedo; a fictional persona with identity issues who’s playing the role of host and promoter, inviting a variety of audiences, musicians and artists to perform live. What motivates me, is the search for new ways of eliminating the distance between art and it’s audience, and to explore how we manifest and develop our social personas online. Since the Age of Enlightenment and the printing revolution in Europe, the printing press has been delivering knowledge to the people, making information accessible through books and art. I believe the internet has a similar power today, affecting everything in hyper-speed along it’s way. As we’re reaching out for our smartphones- these digital tools functioning as flag-holders for the technological turnover, we are constantly conveying ourselves to the outside in ways previously unseen or -experienced.
In my latest project, FEARTV, I approach audiences of the Oslo art scene; reporting from openings and events by local artists and galleries. The performances function as live staged interventions, where I broadcast directly on my personas Instagram account. Spreading the word digitally to my persona’s followers, he becomes a jester between the digital and the analog world; posing questions related to the relevance of making art more accessible today. Do we believe a larger accessibility of art could be necessary, and how can our new digital tools help us achieve a broader insight into the world of contemporary art?
Franco Cortez (b.1984 in Chile, raised in Norway) is an artist and printmaker based in Oslo. He has a BFA in printmaking and drawing and an MFA in Medium –and Material Based Art from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KhiO). Alongside his printmaking collective (Krausekollektivet.com); focusing on the traditional practices and the expanded fields of printmaking. In 2015-16 they participated in the critically acclaimed “Avtrykk. Tresnitt fra fem århundrer” exhibition with their workshop performance - “tresnitt I prosess” (woodcut in process), this took place inside the National Gallery of Oslo. Franco created his own fictional persona; a jester between the digital and the physical, performing as a host, promoter and facilitator in gallery spaces, events and transmitting through social media. Co-directing and hosting the show “Live Arts” (3 seasons, 2014-16), a social event that included art practices being performed in front of an audience. Gradually getting more into social media he introduced “FTV (FearTv)” – Awkward Interviews and Fantastic Art, 2016-17” – a pop-up broadcasting concept consisting of him as Franky D`miedo, a smart-phone, internet connection and a microphone prop; a method he uses to broadcast his live interventions. He is inspired by the artists like; Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and her site specific live performances, the artist Jayson Musson`s character Hennessey Youngman`s Youtube channel and the artist Alex Israel`s talk show “As it Lays”.
The challenge and motivation remains in finding innovative ways to combine his inclusive enthusiasm together with his art practice and experiences to make art both accessible and entertaining.