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My Best Thing

Frances Stark (American, b. 1967)

2011

Medium video; color, sound; 100 min. Measurements No Measurements Credit The Henry L. Hillman Fund Accession Number 2012.4 Location Not on View

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Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.

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Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA

Title: Label, Scaife; 2012.4; Stark, Frances; My Best Thing, 2011
Los Angeles–based artist Frances Stark creates work that is deeply rooted in language and the struggle for meaning and expression in everyday life. Stark’s artistic practice often blurs the line between her work and personal life and takes inspiration from modern literature, philosophy, and art history. Stark’s most recent video, My Best Thing, features a conversation between two online avatars that evolves into a philosophical discussion on the nature of art and collaboration. An exploration of the nature of online relationships, the video is constructed as a feature-length animation in the form of a serialized soap opera, made up of snippets of virtual encounters in video chat rooms. The female protagonist’s flirtatious discussions with random participants soon expand beyond sex into broader topics including film history, politics, and protest, as the character—an alter ego for Stark—gradually grows fond of her interlocutors, who transform from strangers into confidants and collaborators. Produced using a text-to-speech animation program that became an internet meme in 2010–2011, My Best Thing is a blend of pop culture, literary references, and Stark’s own personal encounters. This video contains some explicit language and themes.
Date: 2012
Purpose: label
Author: Lippincott, Lulu - CMOA