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Net Art is on Fire at Rhizome

Georges Jacotey

Georges Jacotey, N/A (or Lana Del Pepe?)

New York-based website/nonprofit Rhizome has a lot going on this month: a few days ago, they announced the winners of their 2016 Net Art Microgrants. Also, they are currently seeking a Software Curator and an Assistant Curator of Net Art.

Rhizome was founded by artist and curator Mark Tribe in 1996. Since then, it has grown into one of the foremost organizations examining art and the internet. It has hosted numerous online exhibitions and regularly publishes writings about internet artists.

Note: to really see net art on fire, go here to view Dina Kelberman’s online artwork Smoke & Fire:

Kelberman’s original website features an ever-growing grid of gifs (at the time of launch, there are seven hundred total)—each one an image of smoke or fire excerpted from an iconic cartoon (the list now includes The Smurfs, The Simpsons, Tom & Jerry, Darkwing Duck, Rocky & Bullwinkle, and many more). The project is hatched out of the artist’s obsessive online surfing—for this project, she located and sampled hundreds of cartoons out of the thousands that she chose—as well as out of a desire to order and rearrange the seemingly endless amount of information available to her. The gif images are linked not strictly by subject matter but also through more free-form visual associations, like form, color, and shape. The resulting work is a psychic tour of disasters as they are pictured to children (and/or other cartoon enthusiasts).

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