Speculations on Digital Art and Viral Spaces
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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.