Friday, August 24, 2012

Net Art Fridays, Volume Four

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM

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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 is one of the slowest Fridays of the year for news, but the internet always has some new gifts to give: IKEA's going digital, the Museum of the Moving Image puts on a daring show of GIFs, and Madame Chao's gets a second chance at fame on YouTube.

1. IKEA Goes Digital

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For years, artists have sourced materials from IKEA. Now, the Swedish home-furnishing titan will provide them with even more fodder for future art projects; The Wall Street Journal reports that the IKEA’s phone-book-sized catalog will now show mostly fake living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchen scenes. As a cost-saving measure, the company plans to use 3-D imaging software to render its homey interiors. Already, over 10% of all IKEA content is created virtually; next year, the company plans to boost that number to 25%. My goodness.

2. The Museum of the Moving Image Gets GIFs
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Up in Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image has been showing some of the more innovative programming of all things internet. Earlier this year, they brought a retrospective of JODI. Now, on a smaller scale, Assistant Curator of Digital Media Jason Eppink has organized a screening of 35 GIFs about a 2011 meme, you know, the one where everyone doctored images of a soccer player mysteriously tumbling during in-game play. This exhibition doesn’t pretend to be art, but it shows a lot of creativity and it’s in a museum. That’s pretty rare.

On view through September 23, 2012 at the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35 Avenue
Astoria, NY.

3. Madame Chao’s on YouTube

Madame Chao’s aired late-nights on Manhattan public access TV throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. Those episodes were full-on psychedelic assaults of visual mish-mash, one endless remix of cartoons, old ninja films, and softcore porn. For those of us who missed out on the original, dozens of videos have popped up on YouTube recently.

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