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Parker Ito, The Most Infamous Girl in the History of the Internet by Parker Ito, 2010- ????
- Is net art insular and plagued by sameness? Nicholas O’Brien thinks so, but notes that jstchillin’s Read/Write show at 319 Scholes last month fared better than most in avoiding self-referential art. If we’re counting heads, I’d agree with that statement, though as a net professional it’s not surprising that works like say, Parker Ito’s painting The Most Infamous Girl in the History of the Internet by Parker Ito, 2010, stood out regardless of merit. I’m already intimately familiar with the image — it’s commonly found on parked domains — so it remains one of the more dominant images in the show for me after the fact. A better-curated effort might have worked to level that relationship a little more, either through the selection of work or its arrangement.
- In Rhizome news, next Thursday, April 21, I will be attending their annual Spring Benefit and I hope you will too. Rhizome does a lot of work to support the New Media community so it’s important to give back during these times. This year Rhizome will honor their founder, Mark Tribe.
- In other Rhizome news, the Tomorrow Museum’s Joanne McNeil will be taking over as their Senior Editor this May. I’m not exactly the most unbiased source, but having been roommates with McNeil for the past year I’m very excited about this. She’s a great blogger with a focus on art, literature, and technology. It’s a rare combination and one I’m sure will serve Rhizome well.
- Finally, Speaking of Rhizome: remember Seven on Seven, the one day conference that paired artists with technologists and asked them to make art? The boot camp is back! I thought last year was a great success. Here’s hoping for a repeat.