The term “Tactical Media” was coined in 1997 by David Garcia and Geert Lovink in a post to the Nettime listserv (a longtime hub of the international peer group of artists working online). In their post, they write: “Tactical Media are what happens when the cheap 'do it yourself' media, made possible by the revolution in consumer electronics and expanded forms of distribution (from public access cable to the internet) are exploited by groups and individuals who feel aggrieved by or excluded from the wider culture.” This ArtBase collection assembles works from the catalog that strategically employ and subvert technology for the purpose of engaging modes of institutional critique, activism and privacy. Many of these works explicitly turn technology back
on itself with the aim (and sometimes with the result) of revealing hidden social and political systems programed to shape and influence human behavior. On a more granular level, these works in particular address issues such as corporate greed, extraordinary rendition, privacy, network surveillance, the commercialization of the web, decentralized networks, insular information spaces, and the commercial art system. Interestingly, these attitudes of activism through artistic intervention with technology seem to have had their peak in the early to mid 2000’s, with many young artists making work for the web today taking less direct paths towards activism and intervention.
Carnivore is a networked art project in two parts. The first part is Carnivore Server, an application which performs packet-sniffing on a specific local area network and serves the resulting data stream via the net. The second part consists of an unlimited number of client applications which tap into this data stream and interpret it in creative ways.
Conceived and compiled for the invitation to the 49th Venice Biennale, Biennale.py is both a computer virus and a work of art. The virus is made public and spread from the Slovenian Pavilion on the opening day of the exhibition, June the 6th 2001. Biennale.py becomes headline-hitting news, suddenly turning into an unprecedented performance, a controversial work of art revealing how media hysteria can be theoretically provoked and raised.
Experience the world's first internet browser made by artists. Surf the web from the inside out. Perhaps best described as a Lynx browser crossed with a Ven Diagram, Web Stalker is based on the belief that the user should be able to define the different functions they want to apply to a Web document, rather being than launched through a finished Web site.
The Status Project is a database of Do-It-Yourself strategies to meet the bureaucratic requirements for the possession of official identification - from birth certificates to passports -- allowing its users to create or dissolve identities as well as to merge two different peoples’ identities.
Inspired by the graphics of Leisure-Suit-Larry (1987), AVERAGE SHOVELER is an online game challenging the boundaries between photo, paintings, game and short movie. It's snowing, and you have to keep your way cleaned. Each flake of snow contains an image taken live from news/politics/sport/ web channels: you have to shovel pumping news from your head saving your life from a news overload.
This is a game story: discover the plot by navigating the characters. Listen carefully, there are many hints given. "The churning of the Ocean" is one of the oldest Hindu mythologies. It dates back to the hymns of the Vedas. It is a creation myth, that tells a story of the Golden Age, when the earth was young and the cosmic balance was yet to be found. The story is ...
"Real Costs" is a Firefox plug-in that inserts emissions data into travel related e-commerce websites. The objective is to increase awareness of the environmental impact of choices in the life of the Internet user. By presenting this information in the place where decisions are being made, it will hopefully create an impact on the viewer, encourage a sense of individual agency, and provide a set of alternatives and immediate actions.
Terminal Air is an installation that examines the mechanics of extraordinary rendition, a practice of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in which suspected terrorists detained in Western countries are transported to so-called “black sites” for interrogation and torture. Wall-mounted displays track the movements of aircraft involved in extraordinary rendition, while promotional posters identify the private contractors that supply equipment and personnel.
Virta-Flaneurazine (VF) is a potent programmable mood-changing drug for Second Life (SL). As the prograchemistry takes effect, users find themselves erratically teleporting to random locations, behaving strangely, seeing digephemera and walking or flying in circuitous paths.
Add-Art is a Firefox extension which replaces advertising images on web pages with art images from a curated database. This extension is an alternative to conventional add blockers which simply remove advertisements, leaving negative space in their place. Add-Art instead transforms your web browser into an art gallery, featuring contemporary artists and curators.
About This Collection
byEva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.org
The Status Project
byKayle Brandon and Heath Bunting
byThe ShiftSpace team
byInstitute for Applied Autonomy
byJohn Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer
Google Will Eat Itself