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Posted by Patricia Zimmermann at 5:16AM   |  8 comments
JODI

Blog written by Sharon Lin Tay, visiting associate professor at Nanyang Technological University and cocurator of Map Open Space

As curators of Map Digital Space, Dale and I couldn't resist JODI's submission for this year's competition, to the extent that we created a special prize to honour these two net art guerilla warriors for their commitment to disruption.

The piece submitted by JODI, GeoGoo, can be found at http://globalmove.us.

Unlike most of the works we received, GeoGoo does not use or submit to the conceptual idea of Map Digital Space. Instead, GeoGoo subverts the conventional use of Googlemap in order to make us think about the ubiquity of the Internet in our lives.

In a much earlier piece <wwwwwwwww.jodi.org>, JODI simulates computer failure that elicits panic in the viewer.

Watching the BBC World News on a loop all day on my sick bed (just a cold, but then I'm a wimp), I came across a programme called "Super Power," about how the Internet has changed our lives <http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/specialreports/superpower.shtml>. One segment of the programme experiments with what happens when you connect a poor Nigerian village to the Internet and unplug two South Korean families from it.

The Nigerian village welcomed the move as a sign of development and an opportunity to be plugged into information and the rest of the world. For the South Koreans, some of the most Internet savvy people in the world, I would imagine Internet withdrawal to be a rather bad prospect!

The net-art created by JODI in many ways is about the penetration of the Internet in our lives. By disrupting the seamless functioning of applications such as Googlemap, JODI taps into our Internet addiction, simulating the heart stopping anxieties and depression that disconnection brings.

We think their subversive acts of disuption warrant a special mention.

 


8 Comments

Yes, I think JODI's piece is genius. The sense of panic one feels when watching this is even kind of pathetic (oh no! How will I find out where I am?!?) The internet has become so important to some people's everyday life, I am young and can't imagine what life would be like without the internet. Some people have come to rely so heavily upon the internet that if it was lost or something went awry it would have an apocalyptic effect. This piece reminds that the internet is just a thing and that anything could happen to it and easily disrupt a way of life .

Wow, what an innovative use of digital spaces to create disruption, no wonder JODI had an award made for her. The confusion, anxiety, and subsequent frustration caused by this piece signify a new age of stress and dependence on technology. I agree with your analysis as well as with the previous comment that we have come to rely very heavily on the Internet. This goes along with a disturbing trend of technology turning humans into zombies. We depend on our cell phones, laptops, and GPSs to run our lives, breeding a generation without the skills in navigation and interpersonal communication that have flourished in the past. Our time management has become a matter of putting an event into a cellphone calendar; a good utilization of technology, yes it is helpful, but our brains don't get very much exercise, which has potentially disturbing consequences.

As soon as this piece popped up, I was confused and anxious. And in a way, this is exactly what the internet it like, especially when something goes wrong with it. When internet service goes out, I sit at my computer and think, "Oh god. What do I do?! How am I gonna get this done?! How will this person know what I'm up to?!" What's even more scary is that children are using the internet the now. It won't be long before four year olds have facebook pages! It's the sad truth that the internet is kind of engulfing the human race.
Another example is kind of an ironic one: this blog. It's mandatory for class and it's obviously online. Without it, our grade point would go down. It's a clear example of how much we use and rely on the internet.
But it'd be silly for me to nag about the internet because I use it so often. I like the internet. It's easy to use, it's convenient, and it's REALLY helpful. But as much as I enjoy it, it does scare me sometimes. I hope I never find out how many hours I've spent using the internet throughout these past 8 years or so...

It is quite a sad reality that such a piece can create an overwhelming anxiety. We, as a society, have become far too dependent on technology and the internet. Unfortunately, the existence of the internet has created jobs and careers for people and if the internet were to fail these people's livelihood's would be threatened. It has created an artificial world that has been a vessel for laziness, early corruption of kids, and a lack appreciation for the real world.

It is quite a sad reality that such a piece can create an overwhelming anxiety. We, as a society, have become far too dependent on technology and the internet. Unfortunately, the existence of the internet has created jobs and careers for people and if the internet were to fail these people's livelihood's would be threatened. It has created an artificial world that has been a vessel for laziness, early corruption of kids, and a lack appreciation for the real world.

The internet is becoming a dependable source. Once a family enters the cyber world, they cannot turn back. In the cyber world, a family learns about other families. A family can share their aspects and values of life. Sterotypically speaking, South Korea is very dependant and cannot go a day without the internet, as of myself. Someone who is new the internet and lived their life outside of the small world, probably has a better chance of not getting hooked into the cuber world

Reading this article made me think about how much the internet really is a staple part of everyday life. As bad as this is to say with out the internet I would not know anything about the world, not keep in touch with as many friends as I do. Without the internet I would be lost. I wish that life was not like this but it is and if we could go back to the way things used to be with hand written letters and real phone calls instead of texts I would be perfectly happy with that.

I agree the internet really does seem to impact every aspect of our daily lives. It is hard to believe that not too long ago people did not have access to the technology that seems a common place today. I know that there are issues that go along with such interaction, but if we are careful I think that computers and social networking can be a good thing.



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