Daniel Bejar, “The Googlegänger (Google Image Search 8-29-13)”, 2009-ongoing, (detail), search engine intervention, archival pigment print, 32×94½”

Daniel Bejar

The Googlegänger

One day I began receiving fan email expressing admiration for my music. Being no musician, it quickly became apparent I had intercepted fan email intended for another Daniel Bejar. Googling my name I discovered there was indeed another Daniel Bejar, who happened to be the singer and songwriter from Vancouver who leads the band Destroyer. A Google Image Search revealed we also shared a similar likeness.

The Googlegänger is a web-based search engine intervention where I re-stage images of my Googlegänger culled from Google’s Image Search engine. These re-staged images are uploaded back onto the internet, where they coexist alongside the original images.

I am interested in the politics of history and memory and the roles they play in geography, individual and national identity, and the collective memory. Through forms of public engagement, performance, and intervention, my work introduces new layers of information into familiar public spaces and social systems, revealing narratives of power while challenging viewers to question the familiar and envision alternative models and realities.

DANIEL BEJAR is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Bejar was recently an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governors Island, NY, and was an artist-in-residence here at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY in summer 2014. Bejar has also participated in residencies at SOMA, Mexico City D.F., Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL and the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, NY. In 2014 Bejar was a recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant, and in 2013 was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant.

Bejar’s work has been exhibited internationally and was recently selected by Luis Camintzer to be included in the 5×5 Castelló 13 International Contemporary Art Prize in Castelló, Spain. Additional exhibition venues include El Museo Del Barrio, NY; SITE Santa Fe, NM; Georgia State University, GA; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. In 2014 Bejar’s work was included in the exhibition Crossing Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum, NY.

Bejar is a 2007 MFA sculpture recipient from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and received his BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.