WINNERS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL PRIX NET ART

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JURY STATEMENT
For the last three years, Rhizome and Chronus Art Center (Shanghai) have partnered to present the Prix Net Art, a cash prize that goes to artists who are committed to working online and who represent important directions in contemporary net art practice. In the past, two artists have been awarded, but this year, after much deliberation, the jury—comprising Zhang Ga, Artistic Director of Chronus Art Center, Distinguished Professor at China Central Academy of Fine Arts; Lauren Cornell, Associate Director of Technology Initiatives and Curator at the New Museum; Christiane Paul, Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at the New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Aria Dean, assistant curator of net art and digital culture at Rhizome—elected to recognize three recipients, each of whom will receive $5,000.

After considering a rich field of candidates nominated by the general public and invited expert nominators, the jury selected two artists and an artist duo who represent differently formulated but intersecting concerns and directions in the field of net art. Read more »

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ART PROJECTS

Rafael Rozendaal

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This is a film of all Rafael Rozendaal websites up to now. It is a screen recording of a browsing session. He visits these 103 websites and talks about making the websites and how they should work, as a reference document for future preservation. Read more »

Indirect Flights

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Indirect Flights, a new online work by Joe Hamilton with sound by J.G. Biberkopf and supported by The Moving Museum, is a sprawling landscape of layered images. Raw materials, satellite images, organic textures, brush strokes and architectural fragments are all blended together into a dense panorama extending in all directions. As you pan across the terrain like Google Maps the layers move at different speeds giving the illusion of depth, constantly changing what is hidden and exposed. This shifting composition is an attempt to depict contemporary landscape, in a moment defined by the proliferation of digital technologies and the global transportation of bodies, commodities and goods. Launch Indirect flights

it's doing it / it did it

It’s doing it is an online group exhibition of computer generated images that autonomously updates on a daily basis over the course of 45 days. All of the works in the show are instruction-based artworks expressed through computer programs written by the artists. These programs generate new images once daily that can be viewed on the website. Each instantiation of the show, while being similar to the previous and following ones, is unique, emphasizing the expressive, data-driven, and intelligent possibilities of randomness for art creation in the context of the digital. Previous iterations of each artwork can be seen by changing the date in the top right of this page. Launch this project.

triggertreat

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Operation Troll the NSA ain't got nothin' on this cypherpunk application. Carlos Sáez and Anthony Antonellis invite you to fracture your online presence and fry the eyes of Big Brother by oversharing a random sampling of trigger words via email or via social media. You might get gagged and Gitmo'd away from your apartment, but at least you'll have a new follower thanks to triggertreat.net.

Body Anxiety

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Body Anxiety shares the varied perspectives of artists who examine gendered embodiment, performance and self-representation on the internet.

Throughout art and film history, the female body and nude has been an ongoing subject in male-authored work. More often than not, the woman’s body is capitalized on in these works while their voice is muted. From the Seventies onwards, female artists employed video and performance to reclaim their bodies from this art historical trajectory.

Today, artists use the internet as a platform to create and share their own imagery. While appropriation might be a common practice in contemporary art, using the internet as gender-queer performative space allows artists to question contemporary attitudes towards femininity.

In “Body Anxiety” Schrager and Chan have selected a collection of female-empowering artworks to present in one single location in hopes of reshaping pre-existing narrative of gendered appropriation.

BEYOND

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Beyond is a mysterious virtual world. In a playful spirit of philosophical inquiry, it explores the paradoxes of technology, desire, and the paranormal posed since the birth of mechanical reproduction; the phonograph severing the voice from the body, photography capturing the soul and cinema resurrecting the dead.

Instructions:
- Drag your mouse to the left or right to move around a panorama.
- To move from one place to another, hover the mouse over different objects. When the cursor changes to a hand, you are over a hot spot.
- Click on a hotspot to explore.

More info here (pdf)

oulipo (Fr. Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle = Workshop for Potential Literature)

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The six works presented in "Oulipoems" range from poems, to poetry games, to tools for writing poetry. They are inspired by the Oulipo movement, a French literary movement which combines writing and mathematics. Members of the Oulipo create works of literature that are governed by rules ("constraints"). For example, all words might have to contain only the vowel 'e' or words might be spelled phonetically. Members of the Ouliopo are also interested in algorithmically generated texts, including, especially, text-generating machines which can result in an infinite, or at least very large, number of different texts.

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NEWS

The NetArtizens Project

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Created by Furtherfield with Nick Briz & Joseph Yølk Chiocchi
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In the age of social media, our conversations, gossip, discourses, research, decision making, organizational and artistic work are “intertwingled” (to use Ted Nelson’s playful term) with exponentially exploding repositories of media and information. Nowadays, our everyday communications are embedded with the metadata of search querys, hyperlinks, hashtags and usernames. To the extent that we practice these new techniques of “social taxonomy,” how can we use them to examine and dissect our individual and collective net behaviors?

During the month of March 2015, The NetArtizens Project was conducted as a social experiment in discourse and artistic production across 3 network channels: the NetBehaviours Mailing List, Twitter @NetArtizens, and the 0P3NR3P0.net open database repository for media art.  Over 75 artists have contributed so far to the NetArtizens Open Online Exhibition at 0P3NR3P0.net, an evolving showcase of online works submitted between March 2 and April 2, 2015.

My Desktop Life

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My Desktop Life is a new tool made to create online in a very free and personal way. It’s now on view in Art On Your Screen in ZKM Karlsruhe, who initially sponsored its creation.

With my new tool I could make several short films entirely created in a browser and displayed inside a browser. 
Here you can watch a creation I made called “This is home”.

Watch it, it’s seven minutes long and if you want to know how it’s made, follow my instructions. Notice on the left-hand top corner a very small check box, click on it, and see the film editor at work. Don’t hesitate to play with it and modify whatever you want in order to understand the functioning.
This prototype of an online editor is an opening for new opportunities of creations inside a browser.
 I’m currently working on the interface that will let user create with the use of the same tool as mine.
Next year, you will hear more about it.
 So stay tuned.

With MyDesktopLife, it is just the beginning of a long story of online creation.
Martine Neddam
http://neddam.org/

Winner of the Prix Net Art: JODI

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After extensive deliberation, the Prix Net Art jury—comprising curators Michael Connor, Samantha Culp, Sabine Himmelsbach and Zhang Ga—is proud to announce that inaugural $10,000 Prix Net Art is awarded to artist duo JODI, with a $5,000 Award of Distinction granted to Kari Altmann. Explore their work here.
Jury Statement:
The internet is more than just a canvas, medium or publishing platform for art. The internet is a system that links human and machine intelligence to produce politics, economics, culture, and subjectivities. To make "internet art" is to intervene in, or participate mindfully in, these processes. Read more »

Windows 93

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Launch Windows 93 From Jankenpopp and Zombectro, Windows 93: a playfully surreal online simulator of a computer operating system that is aesthetically similar to Windows 95. The in-browser OS features solitaire, a virtual desktop girl, infuriating pop-up windows that constantly multiply, a musical defrag utility.



Oculart

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Geoffrey Lillemon (1981 USA) brings a classic romantic painting and drawing style to technology to reinterpret artistic practice. As one of the leading artists of the Net Art Movement, Lillemon has consistently foregrounded the interplay between the digital and physical world in his work, blending the traditional mediums with interactive animation that responds to human touch, brainwaves, and even heartbeats. Using various art forms, from mixed and moving media to literature and soundscapes to classic portraiture, he creates works of hallucinatory poetry that reach into the infinite depths of the subconscious where the real and the imaginary interact. Lillemon has exhibited internationally as Oculart, including being the Invite d'Honneur at the Centre Pompidou, was a founding member of studio Champagne Valentine, and is currently an artist in residence at Random, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Net.artdatabase

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Currently you are developing a concept to contextualise Internet-based Art by recording users in front of their screens as they interact with the artwork, which is then documented. This seems to offer a brilliant way to shift the focus from the technological condition of Internet-based Art to its use in everyday culture—can you explain the aims of this project more in detail? Read more »

net-art on temporarystedelijk.com

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Temporary Stedelijk (7) is the last exhibition of temporary stedelijk. Since February 2012, Kalle Mattsson and Amber van den Eeden, have organized four online exhibitions on temporarystedelijk.com and temporarystedelijk.nl. They bought these domain names when they found out the Stedelijk Museum had neglected to do so.

In the first three exhibitions ‘Temporary Stedelijk (4), (5) and (6)’ the works of young, well known and less well known artists from Amsterdam were shown. Artists who are connected to the city of Amsterdam.

In this last virtual exhibition they have chosen to show net art: They thought this was a fitting way to end our online initiative. Net art is a field in which the Netherlands has played a significant role on an international level since the beginning of the 90's. Yet, within the Netherlands it keeps escaping the attention of most curators, museums and therefore the audience.

They have put together a collection of works by the very early pioneers and the young generations of net artists of today. It gives an overview of what has happened in the field of net art over the last 17 years. Read more »