34 AFC Friends Cite Their Favorite Link of 2011

by Paddy Johnson on December 31, 2011 · 4 comments A Brief History Of


Screencapture from Pine Point


Lindsay Howard, Curator/Director 319 Scholes
Celebrating the 100th international women’s day – 100 female artists and digital media // http://p-art-icles.blogspot.com/2011/03/celebrating-100th-international-womens.html

On March 8, 2011, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Nina Wenhart (Media Art historian & former SAIC instructor) posted a list of 100 female artists who have been essential contributors to the fields of new media, video, net, and digital art. I was glued to my computer all day, watching the list unfold on Twitter and following her trail of links!

Jacqueline Johnson, (Mom Johnson), Teacher
Nick Cave, “For Now” // http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxp8LghDUoM&feature=youtu.be

I liked the video of dancing penises most this year because I knew it would shock my friends; I'm 65 Paddy!

Paddy Johnson, Editorial Director, Art Fag City
The Uncanny Valley of “Electrocuted Squirrel” // http://www.artfagcity.com/2010/11/15/the-uncanny-valley-of-electrocuted-squirrel/

This was my favorite link of 2010 and remains my favorite of 2011. I have yet to read a more succinct explanation of why identifying art on the web can make us so uncomfortable.

Corinna Kirsch, Contributor, Art Fag City
Who Says What to Whom on Twitter // http://research.yahoo.com/pub/3386

Did you know that .05% of Twitter users make up almost half of all posted URLs? Or that bloggers retweet URLs more than any other type of user? This research paper – published by Yahoo, mind you – contains some gems to drop in conversation about blogging and tweeting.

Whitney Kimball, Associate Editor, Art Fag City 
A magazine is an iPad that does not work. // http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXV-yaFmQNk&feature=player_embedded

No explanation necessary.

Thessaly La Force, Founding Web Editor, The Paris Review
Welcome to Pine Point // http://pinepoint.nfb.ca/#/pinepoint

I was captivated by “Welcome to Pine Point,” an interactive documentary about an isolated mining town in the Northwest Territories of Canada where Michael Simons of The Goggles grew up, and that ceased to exist after the late eighties. How to remember something that has completely been erased? This is way we can—and should—tell stories on the Web.


Sean Capone January 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I’m surprised no one thought to include any of Hennessy Youngman’s videos in this list. They were surely among the most liked & re-posted videos of the last year.

Jónó Mí Ló January 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Wow, I’m flattered. thank you for posting about Dior Nights.

Jeff Sisson January 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

Hey Paddy, Why is this list split across six pages?

Paddy Johnson January 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

Because I looked at the amount of scrolling people were going to have to do and it became clear that it would be easier to click through the post than scroll indefinitely. 

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