Rhizome

June 23, 2017 - June 23, 2019

Rhizome

RETELLING THE HISTORY OF NET ART FROM THE 1980S THROUGH THE PRESENT DAY. This two-year online exhibition will present 100 artworks from net art history, restaging and contextualizing one project each week. Devised in concert with Rhizome's acclaimed digital preservation department, Net Art Anthology also aims to address the shortage of historical perspectives on a field in which even the most prominent artworks are often inaccessible. The series takes on the complex task of identifying, preserving, and presenting exemplary works in a field characterized by broad participation, diverse practices, promiscuous collaboration, and rapidly shifting formal and aesthetic standards, sketching a possible net art canon. View at--- https://anthology.rhizome.org/airworld


Works Shown

Airworld series (1999-2000)

2000, Various projects

The Airworld series was initiated at the “World Views” residency programme in World Trade Center’s 91st floor in 1999. Airworld developed into a series of intervention into global capitalism that ran between 1999-2000. These included distributed banner ads, a pirate radio station, an installation, several net art projects, and a video.

Airworld Jargon Machine

1999, From the Airworld series

The McCoys use software to scan the websites where the Airworld Banner Ads were displayed, collecting their texts and press releases for a database. The Airworld site extracts from this database to create unique texts for each visitor to the site. These texts presented a flood of corporate jargon. In addition, the Jargon Machine searches for images using the, then current, AltaVista image search and automatically assembled the results into a streaming video.