• Statement
  • CV
I have been working with the Internet for about a decade now and developing works which exist only on the Web, and some which also expand from the web into space. These are installations that immerse the visitor in a spatial setting while communicating with and experiencing the transformed web-fed information through different communication devices, such as interactive ‘mouse chairs’. In my performance work I often ‘become an antenna’ for web-based information; I sometimes perform as the incarnation of a website, while the structure of the Website’s data representations, such as html, becomes the life essence for this Web creature. Its hypertext mark-up language is transformed into instructions, which tell the ‘character’ how to move and behave. A lot of my work deals with visualization and embodiment of the architectures and languages of the Web. I am fascinated by how information that exists online can be displayed, acted out, or become an environment.

Website Impersonations (2006), is an interactive installation with real-time web-feed that juxtaposes two humanoid Websites in an interactive dialog. Website Portrait Performances (2005), portrays websites based on their hypertext-link structure. Famous For One Spam (2004), repurposes the overload of spam email and questions the "fake identity" of the sender while confronting it with the "real" person found online. A Wireless Network Performance (2003), sings along with home appliances and sends images of the performance via cell phone to the Internet. Another piece, Web Performer II (2000), lets the user choose and bring to life different characters in a play via search engine results. Finally, Web Performer (1999), the 'prototype,’ turns your browser experience into a stage full of characters searching for their online identity.

Our daily lives are interspersed with online information that can get picked up anywhere – if you have the right ‘device’ for it… In my practice I am often confronting questions of identity, virtuality and physicality. Many of my web-based works extend into physical space or performance and from this juxtaposition derive questions such as: What does it mean to perform online? What happens when bringing the net out of the box? Am I robbing it of its ‘native’ environment? Who says the Web’s nature has to be flat and screen based? The Internet is multi-medial and therefore can have many different outlets in the way net-based art can be shown, in the form of sound pieces in a headphone, interactive works (hybrid works combining mixed technologies such as web-based components with 'spatial' interfaces), or performances... These approaches could bridge net art and 'space' such as the museum space or the performance space.

And finally: why is net art still on the fringe within the arts?



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ue@ursenal.net

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networks | media art | internet | netart | linked

people

Ela Kagel | Michele Thursz | Anne Barlow | Lauren Cornell | Yael Kanarek | Liz Slagus

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institutions

Eyebeam | Rhizome

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