Every Friday, we're 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 talk about Web 2.0 and the Olympics, hostile blinking, and a new video festival.
Claire Bishop discusses participatory art that took place during the London Olympics, and while her main argument is solid—politicians have embraced participatory art because it “reduces isolation by helping people to make friends”—we’re wary of how she states that, thanks to Web 2.0, there's more participatory art now. She states:
“...participatory art has proliferated in tandem with the feedback loops of Web 2.0 and social networking, while its fascination with eccentric laymen parallels the populism of reality television. All three tread a very fine line between cultural democratisation and incessant banality.”
Look, I like Claire Bishop a ton: she is the expert on participatory art, and her critique of relational aesthetics is probably the best one there is. But there’s no way to say that there’s more participatory art now that we’re living in a culture firmly entrenched in the internet as a way of daily life.
Blinking Frame isn't a sexy blink; it's an aggressive, annoying image. The artists took the @PimptressObject Twitter feed and juxtaposed it with a rapid-fire, flashing image. Over email, Gervais and Weis described how that flashing image relates to those tweets as a visual object:
By decontextualizing & isolating a tweet, its social media communicative & sharing aspects become inefficient. In ≡ ♥ Blinking Frame ♥ ≡, the tweet embodies a new function & questions the role of the description of an artwork. The hypnotic aspect of the blinking frame reinforces this as well.
Well, there you go.
3. Dinca Vision Quest 2012
This week, we wish we were in Chicago. Dinca.org, a blog devoted to publishing original essays about all things internet will host a three-day screening of videos in one of Chicago’s old Polish theaters, in hopes of bringing their online attitude offline. Look forward to videos by Jennifer Chan, Bea Fremderman, Andrew Norman Wilson, Eric Fleischauer, Shana Moulton, Jaako Pallasvuo, Nick O’Brien, and well, practically anyone else under 40 who makes work online. Translation: awesome. We will be catching up with Dinca’s archives all weekend.