Sometimes GIF of the Day isn’t a very accurate description of what’s being discussed. This would be one of those days. This is a screenshot from John Michael Boling’s “Accidental Blue Screen”, a website included in the Rhizome 2006 show curated by Lauren Cornell, “Professional Surfer”. The show considers web browsing “surfing” as a professional practice, highlighting the work of four artists and two collectives. But this suggests a more performative practice then was often the case. All of the artists in this show use pre-existing images in one way or another, and that was a defining characteristic of many artists working at the time (and continues today). Tomorrow we take a more in depth look at the show. For now, here’s the list of artists we’ll be discussing: John Michael Boling, Olia Lialina, Joel Holmberg, Nasty Nets, Travis Hallenbeck, and Supercentral.
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