Ways of Something

“Ways of Something” is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s BBC documentary, “ Ways of Seeing ” (1972). The project consists of one-minute videos by over 113 network-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of artmaking after the internet.

Curated and compiled by Lorna Mills , this remake is based a four-part series of thirty-minute films created by art theorist John Berger and produced by Mike Dibb. In the original films, voice-of-God narration over iconic European paintings offer a careful dissection of traditional “fine art” media and the way society has come to understand them as art. This current project invited artists to respond to what Berger called “learned assumptions” about art in dialogue with the camera and the screen in its reproduction.

It is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet. Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices to videomaking, “ Ways of Something” consists of aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media. Ultimately, it turns the highbrow nature of documentary film into a wondrous and disjointed series of alternative outlooks on how artists understand art today.

Artwork Details

“Ways of Something” includes the work of over 113 artists in four episodes. The artwork is released for viewers on the internet, and is also available to collectors in an edition of 30, referencing the episodic nature of the work. Collectors receive a printed catalog of all 113 artists featured in the work, signed by the compiling artist, Lorna Mills along with a USB drive containing all four videos in MP4 and original archival AVI formats.


Episode 1: 31:02, Episode 2: 29:00, Episode 3: 27:56, Episode 4: 29:26
1920 x 1080 HD Video in .MP4 and .AVI Formats
Edition of 30 + 1AP

‘Ways of Something’ is supported by TRANSFER, please contact the director@transfergallery.com for inquiries.