Friday, August 10, 2012

Net Art Fridays, Vol. 2

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM


Every Friday, I’m going to recap some of the brightest art projects online. The only requirements: they have to be about art, and they have to be online. Some of it’s art, some of it’s not. This week, we discuss a smartphone gallery, an endless parlour game played out on Tumblr, and a new episode of PBS’ Off Book.

1. Widget Art Gallery


I’m surprised that net artists haven’t taken hold of punning on “pop-up” gallery more often by doing a “pop-up window” gallery. Widget Art Gallery comes close to the idea with their monthly exhibition of net art, which is mostly GIFs, delivered to the windows of any iGadget. Yesterday saw the debut of artist Grace McEvoy’s solo exhibition interactive dreamz, a one-window GIF displaying several landscapes, all pulsing with the shiny undersea colors of a day-glo aquarium in Chinatown.

2. Cloaque

Exquisite corpse, the game started by Surrealists and adored by artists and kids alike, has now found a new home on Tumblr. Here’s how Cloaque works: artists post new projects to the site, each expanding on the previous post. Unsurprisingly, Cloaque looks like one fat caterpillar image, as it grows larger with each project. Artists Kim Asendorf, Rollin Leonard, and Anthony Antonellis have participated, and, as to be expected, their projects have been animated with a hyper-color gloss. There’s also a little bit of cultural critique—participants launched a Pussy Riot glitch protest.

3. PBS Off Book: Glitch Art

In PBS’ latest installment for Off Book, a series in which the station tries to explain internet art and culture to the uninitiated, glitch art is profiled. We’re not totally on board with how PBS presents glitch as something new. There’s no real history presented here and it doesn’t explain how artists have integrated glitch into some collector-friendly projects like Wade Guyton’s printer drawings. Glitch has turned into a style, but that doesn’t mean that its history or crossover into the art world aren’t worth a short mention.

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