Robots do not sweat. Computers do not sweat. Iphones also do not sweat. Until we become cyborgs, humans will not be both digital and sweat. Until that day in time, we have only the online gallery Digital Sweat, “a platform for digital artists to explore sexual and erotic themes.” For the gallery’s first exhibition, also titled Digital Sweat, over 30 digital artists have created GIFs and JPEGs for the standalone site. We’re going to be looking at these GIFs over the next week, and like the critics that we are, we’re taking the critical GIF to the next level of critique.
With Digital Sweat, we’re curious: Does the vertical scroll format benefit the exhibition? Why a standalone website? Why are many of these GIFs the same size? Can you make sexy, erotic work without pulling out a dick? These are just a few questions we’re asking.
Another Mac desktop background. In net art, the start-up wallpaper has become overused to a fault. (See Paddy’s comments about defaults on yesterday’s GIF of the Day post.) Still, I appreciate Rick Silva’s subtlety: He transformed the act of touching one’s trackpad into an erotic caress. The index and middle finger move at just the right speed to turn this common gesture (Mac users do it every day) into a petting session.
See, “digital sweat” can exist without a screen pasted with dicks.