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Russian artist Alexei Shulgin’s Form Art (1997), which used HTML buttons and boxes as the raw material for monochromatic compositions, is at first glance a purely formal study of certain aspects of HTML. But it was also absurd: Form Art transformed the most bureaucratic, functional, and unloved aspects of the web into aesthetic, ludic elements.Like much of Shulgin's work, Form Art was also a collaboration. Just as he had borrowed the bureaucratic structure of the HTML form, Shulgin borrowed the bureaucratic structure of the Prix Ars Electronica. He invited users to make and submit their own works to a Form Art Competition, giving rise to a short-lived but well-loved art form.
Form Art is part of Rhizome's two-year exhibition of net art history, Net Art Anthology.
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