In addition to our Best of the Web Contributor’s Choice, we’re running our usual year end segment, (albeit a bit late). In no particular order, here’s some of the best material we found online this year.
10. True Norwegian Death Metal on vice tv. Lead singer of Death Metal band Gorgoroth, Gaahl, is the only artist I’ve ever heard compare painting to torture based on his own experience. Both are instinctual seems to be the jest of his argument, though I remain unconvinced the two share enough similarities to warrant an analogy. Regardless, this was one of many points in the online documentary, which made it by far the most interesting I’ve seen on the web this year. Given my general dislike of the magazine I never thought I’d be saying this, but here it goes: Good job Vice! AFC write up here. All five episodes here.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Out of the Internet and Into the Night.
9. I’m quite certain Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries‘ Out of the Internet and Into the Night was made well before 2008, but certainly a few pieces on their site were made this year. Setting flashing black text to music and in this case a simple video game inspired graphic, the story of a young man and woman either fleeing town or the Internet is both humorous and gripping. A must watch.
Image via: Loshadka
8. Blogs in which artists and non-artists alike scour the web for interesting visual material — surf clubs to be exact — have arguably already seen their hay day (Good afternoon Twitter) but a lot of great material was showcased this year regardless. In particular I enjoyed Loshadka’s dog breeds with sunglasses, Paul Slocum’s transformer fire on Spirit Surfers on Spirit Surfers (currently on display at artMovingProjects), and an animated batman gif on Double Happiness. Also likely to be of great importance is visual artist and film maker, Marcin Ramocki’s paper Surf Clubs: Organized Notes and Comments presented this year at NASCAD.
7. Speaking to the sense of completion felt when shapes align, Hole in The Wall asks contestants to contort their body into empty space carved out of a moving wall. It’s hard for any art to top this show…or this bridal website… or Michael Israel’s chest. All of these links come from the mysterious tipster SS.
6. Club Internet An online art exhibition venue continually introducing me to great new artists. In particular I enjoyed Guthrie Lonergan‘s curated show, Tag Team, which includes Joel Holmberg’s Google image search for women eating grapes [pictured above], Michael Guidetti’s found live webcam at the Perdue University computing center, and Four Four’s animated Tyra Banks Gifs.
5. Rarely have I seen an animated gif made with greater care. The soft light, the slowed camera speed, the grainy quality of image. I can’t imagine Hugh Heffner’s newest girls could possibly compete with the first generation, if this is what they’ve inspired. A larger post on the gif here.
4. Back in April we responded to Private Circulation‘s marketing request, a PDF publication distributed only by email. They wanted help promoting their latest issue, a collection of images imagining a future only in Cyan. I’m not sure said future really caught on, but it might be a little bleak for most people’s taste anyway.
3. Thankfully Steve Lambert’s Add Art shows look a lot better than some red square with the words “Art” on it. Every two weeks Lambert invites a curator to select art his firefox extension will use to replace website ads. I’m probably biased about this project — I curated a show — but I really like seeing weird shit replace the ads on the front page of the New York Times every two weeks. Add Art insures I see something I couldn’t have possibly imagined appearing on that website (and others) on a regular basis.
2. Tom Moody – New Media Artists Versus Artists With Computers Tom Moody doesn’t align himself with New Media artists, a group he describes as being [overly] concerned with mechanical skills (ie making stuff work). Instead, he stakes out a claim for a group he calls Artists With Computers, those who use the computers only as a tool. The terms are a little more stark than I would have put them myself but who cares. The distinction is an important one, and Moody’s laid a lot of the ground work for further discussion.
Screengrab from John Power’s essay: Star Wars: A New Heap (or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Death Star) at Triple Canopy
1. Who says the nerdocracy no longer rules the web? As demonstrated by the popularity of John Powers’ essay Star Wars: A New Heap (or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Death Star) at Triple Canopy, strong thinking on marginally geeky subject still finds a large audience on the web. “The Death Star has never been recognized as an essential work of minimalism,” he writes, nor it’s destruction a turning point for modernism. Thousands of words later you not only believe him, but you’ve learned far more than you ever thought possible on the subject of Star Wars and its relation to fine art.