net.art generator (1997)

Pioneering Internet artist Cornelia Sollfrank infamously created 289 international female artists to compete in the 1997 Hamburger Kunsthalle Net art competition. Using a computer program that collected random HTML material from the web and recombined it automatically, Sollfrank multiplied her talents and saturated the competition with automated works made by virtual women. Her net.art generator is the follow-up to this piece. Sollfrank commissioned four artists to build programs that would similarly comb the Internet for material and reassemble the found text and images into HTML artworks. Each net.art generator yields radically different results, according to the search methods and search engines it uses. net.art generator raises essential questions about the medium of the Internet, specifically the issues of authorship and authenticity. - Lauren Cornell

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Pioneering Internet artist Cornelia Sollfrank infamously created 289 international female artists to compete in the 1997 Hamburger Kunsthalle Net art competition. Using a computer program that collected random HTML material from the web and recombined it automatically, Sollfrank multiplied her talents and saturated the competition with automated works made by virtual women. Her net.art generator is the follow-up to this piece. Sollfrank commissioned four artists to build programs that would similarly comb the Internet for material and reassemble the found text and images into HTML artworks. Each net.art generator yields radically different results, according to the search methods and search engines it uses. net.art generator raises essential questions about the medium of the Internet, specifically the issues of authorship and authenticity. - Lauren Cornell

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