Exhibition: Performing the Web

As part of the citywide biennial performance art festival, PERFORMA 09, Eyebeam will present an event featuring media artists who “perform the web” – bringing together net art pioneers JODI with emerging artists from Eyebeam’s studios, senior fellow Jeff Crouse and research associate Aaron Meyers. The Performa 09 event, Friday, November 20, at 8PM, will highlight work that speaks to the speed of, and ruptures in, social media and user generated web platforms. The evening will feature Jeff Crouse and Aaron Meyers’ high-energy, augmented reality game show, The World Series of ‘Tubing; and JODI’s The Folksomy Project, a performative audiovisual deconstruction of YouTube.

Installations of both group’s work will be on display November 19 – 21. The installations will include sculptural objects and video projections that both describe and enhance the ideas behind the performances.
The Folksomy Project
JODI’s ongoing performance project, The Folksomy Project, takes YouTube as source material, with the artists utilizing custom software to select and manipulate user-generated videos from the popular website. Armed with a virtual “juke-box” of video clips, JODI focuses on YouTube users love-hate relationship with new technologies, from iPod love ballads to laptop smashing. As with much of JODI’s work, The Folksomy Project is a study in how online systems (dis)function.
The Folksomy Project is supported in part by the Mondriaan Foundation.

The World Series of ‘Tubing
Jeff Crouse and Aaron Meyers present The World Series of ‘Tubing. An augmented reality card game, players compete against one another by selecting and presenting their “best” YouTube video clips. The audience then choose their favorite videos with a cleverly conceived audience response system using laser pointers. The World Series of ‘Tubing brings televised competitive sport and game show aesthetics into the realm of participatory theater, complete with live commentators and stellar motion graphics. By blurring the distinctions between performer, audience, and participant, their work builds upon the inherent qualities of shared culture as it exists online.

JODI, or JODI.org, is the pioneering net art collective of Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans. Since the mid-90s, they have created original artworks for the Internet, as well as software art and computer game modification. Their early work often used the tactic of mimicking computer glitches and viruses as an aesthetic or humorous device. JODI’s work has been included in many international exhibitions and festivals, including Documenta X. They received a Webby Award in the Arts category in 1999.

Jeff Crouse
Eyebeam senior fellow Jeff Crouse makes parodies of technology in the form of software, websites, and installations. Jeff’s previous work includes YouThreebe, a YouTube triptych creator; Invisible Threads (with Stephanie Rothenberg), a virtual jeans factory in Second Life; and James Chimpton (with Steve Lambert), a robotic monkey that interviewed the artists of the 2008 Whitney Biennial. He is currently developing BoozBot with David Jimison, a bar tending robot/puppet; and DeleteCity, a WordPress plug-in that finds and republishes content that has been taken down from sites such as Flickr and YouTube. His work has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival, the Futuresonic festival in Manchester, UK, the DC FilmFest, and the Come Out and Play Festival in Amsterdam.

Aaron Meyers
Aaron Meyers is a designer and programmer using generative strategies in the creation of software and moving image. Since earning his MFA at the USC Interactive Media Division in 2007, Meyers worked in the now-defunct Yahoo Design Innovation Team, taught classes at UCLA Design Media Arts, and continues to work on a variety of interactive projects for diverse clients that have included Digg, Radiohead, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

November 20 performance info + tickets click here

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