The Electronic Orphanage, the art creation and exhibition space established by Miltos Manetas, will present more than fifty computer works in a special three evening program at Deitch Projects. The works were selected for www.biennale.net, the Electronic Orphanage’s contribution to the first Albania Biennale, currently on view in Tirana.
The Electronic Orphanage, through its storefront space in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, and through its network of contacts on the web, locates remarkable works that have been posted on the Internet. Some of these works are intended as art. Other works have been created by people who may have never been to an art gallery and know nothing about the art world. Manetas also commissions new works from young creators and web designers.
Manetas is fascinated by the way an alternative art community is developing on the web in a totally open and democratic format. He describes it as an “open source” movement.
There is no established community of art critics, curators, or other authorities who decide which works are worthy of attention. Anyone can post their creations on the web and the international community of web “art” enthusiasts forwards to their friends and correspondents anything that they find of interest. An anonymous individual who has never even met another artist can create a work that becomes world famous on the Internet. One of the most remarkable works in the Electronic Orphanage selection is the Fight flash animation by Zhu Zhiq, presumably a Chinese artist who no one in the web community has ever been able to contact.
Several artists, such as Jon Haddock, from Phoenix, John White C, from Chicago, and Mike Calvert from Los Angeles, have been commissioned to create new works for this presentation. There are numerous contributions from creative groups and individuals who do not identify themselves as “artists.” These include architect Andreas Angelidakis, web designers Future Farmers, (San Francisco,) graphic designers Experimental Jetset, (Netherlands,) music composers, Gnac (UK,) Nobukazu Takemura and Aki Tsuyuko (Japan,) software groups Freeverse and Soda, (UK,) and strange web-creators such as Dextro (Austria,) Joshua Davis, Joel Fox and Golan Levin. There is also a selection of underground-web such as Pornolize.com, a web site which “pornalizes” the information that it is fed.
Manetas considers the presentation to be more of a software demo than an art exhibition. An AIBO Sony robot dog will introduce the works and reply to the public’s questions. The three-day presentation will function as an “open door” to the activities of the Electronic Orphanage for other creators and theorists. After the Deitch Projects event, the Electronic Orphanage is planning a USA tour to demonstrate and collect the most contemporary examples of Internet visual culture.
The following groups and individuals are participants in www.biennale.net:
JOHN WHITE C
GRATIS DESIGN (Fredrik Holmqvist and Peter Thorneby)
JARED (a computer program by Freeverse)
JOHN F. SIMON
SCOTT SONNA SNIBE
NOBUKAZU TAKEMURA AND AKI TSUYUKO
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