An exhibition by Megan Boyle & Nick Toti
15.11 - 15.12 '19
Opening: 14.11, 5 PM until 15.11, 6 PM
Megan Boyle is a writer and filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland.
Nick Toti is a filmmaker and a member of the collective DieDieMaoMao, which is dedicated to the creative philosophy of radical failure. He lives in Los Angeles.
The exhibition presents an installation by Megan Boyle that comprises 'Liveblog by Megan Boyle', a 25 hour long movie by filmmaker Nick Toti and a compilation of videos from Megan's Youtube account uploaded in the last 8 years. "In 2013, Megan Boyle was unhappy with the life she was living and wanted to document it on the internet for an audience. Her hope was that if she documented each thought and action on the internet, then she would begin to behave in a manner more appropriate to the life she wanted to live. "
LIVEBLOG was made on Tumblr and eventually published in 2018 as a book.
DAYS - Excerpt from the compilation of videos from her YouTube channel presented at Peach
2011 - 2019
Boyle grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and rose to prominence among the Alt Lit and internet community after writing popular articles for Thought Catalog and marrying writer Tao Lin. Together, Boyle and Lin created several movies for their company MDMAfilms, which they began in 2010. In 2011, Lin published Boyle's poetry collection, “selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee”, which garnered favorable reviews. From 2011 to 2013, Boyle wrote a column for Vice Magazine called Boyle's Brains. From March to September 2013, she "liveblogged", documenting her daily activities on Tumblr; the liveblog reached 350,000 words and was called a "painfully honest and raw record of a person’s life." Tyrant Books released a print edition, Liveblog, on September 27, 2018.
Boyle's work has been published in places such as 3:AM Magazine, Tyrant Books (New York Tyrant Magazine), Muumuu House, Pear Noir!, and Pop Serial.
2011 selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee, Muumuu House
2018 LIVEBLOG, Tyrant Books
List of works:
Compilation of videos from her YouTube channel
2011 - 2019
In 2013, Megan started posting YouTube videos in conjunction with her liveblogging experiment. Sometimes the videos provided information that text couldn't, and sometimes the videos served as placeholders for liveblogging while providing a relief from typing. When she began editing LIVEBLOG in 2014, while socially isolated, she began posting videos semi-regularly on her YouTube channel. In 2016, she posted one video every day as part of a self-improvement experiment, designed to at least “put herself out there,” after abandoning other social media websites. In 2018, a less-intensive self-improvement experiment, focused on things she wanted to change about her physical health and habits, took form on the channel. In addition to vlogs about her life, Boyle occasionally posts more edited videos (like an interview with David Foster Wallace, and some mild experiments with sketch comedy).
'Liveblog by Megan Boyle'
Premiered at Peach 14.11 019
In mid-2018, Nick Toti wrote a series of articles on the movies of Megan Boyle and Tao Lin for the website Hammer to Nail. Prior to this, Nick did not know either of the authors, but through the process of interviewing and writing about them, a healthy acquaintanceship developed. Later that year, Nick read a small notice online suggesting that Megan would be doing an insane 48-hour-long nonstop reading of her 700-page novel, Liveblog. Having never heard a bad idea that he didn't want to turn into a movie, Nick reached out to ask Megan if she want him to fly to New York and document the event. She said yes. The result of this misguided endeavor is Liveblog by Megan Boyle, a 25-hour-long video (reading the novel took less time than initially anticipated) that is both a straightforward documentary of this one-of-a-kind literary event while always also being a subtle reminder of the cinematic endurance test that was its own making. It was shot on a glorious miniDV using a consumer-grade camera that was already obsolete the day it was created.
To see more of Nick's movies, please check: https://vimeo.com/diediemaomao
A talk with Megan Boyle was held on 15.11 at 07:00 PM at Witte de With Center of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam
- selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee, Muumuu House, 2011
- LIVEBLOG, Tyrant Books, 2018
More online videos:
You can read a review of the event written by Nick Toti here:
You can find out more about Megan Boyle's work there: