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Trollface is a meme that celebrates and disparages the Internet troll and the act of purposefully creating controversy and havoc in online communities. Trollface originated with a short comic posted to 4chan's /v/ boards around November of 2008, and soon the face was cut, pasted, and photoshopped into any situation that had been or needed to be trolled. Trollface captures the sadistic pleasure of trolling, but is also used as a justification for misinformation. It's a reminder that we are all taking this too seriously, and that we were just trolling you anyway.

This post was assembled in anticipation of the trollish behavior (and the trollfaces) which will be the focus of TROLL, a new group show at Envoy Enterprises in the Lower East Side, curated by gay digital media art collective CTRL+W33D. The exhibit opens tonight from 6-9 and will remain up until July 15th. TROLL includes original work by a whole roster of internet-based artists, many of whom we've posted to Rhizome before, here's the full list of participants: Jacob Meehan, Brad Troemel, Kari Altmann, Andrew Laumann, Michael Magnan, Patrick Dyer, Dylan Reece, Chris Udemezue, Scott Hug, Ben Schumacher, Cody Critcheloe, Chris Bogia, Matt Lifson, Jarrod Beck, Elijah Burgher, Daniel Leyva, Lazaro Rodriguez, Ben Aqua, Da Sul Kim, Travess Smalley, Mark Spalding, Kristin Smallwood, Ivan Lozano, Khalid Al Gharaballi, Shawn Maximo, Borna Sammak, Fatima Al Qadiri, Jason Villegas, Paul Cupo, Venus Jazmin Soto, Adam Radokovich and Anthony Thornton.

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Dragan July 1 2010 19:19Reply

Trolling is a art.
But what is art about trolling?
[img]http://drx.a-blast.org/~drx/scratchdir/trollcano.png[/img]

David Kraftsow July 2 2010 02:42Reply

It's hilarious that you didn't even make an effort to find or mention the creator of the original–completely awesome–comic. Though you spent a full paragraph repping dozens of people barely related to the content of the post. A full two seconds of googling would have brought up the dude's page, for what it's worth: http://whynne.deviantart.com/

Obviously "General Web Content" is an epic troll.

Jacob Gaboury July 2 2010 14:30Reply

While I appreciate the troll baiting tone of your comment, there is a link to the original comic from the Encyclopedia Dramatica page in which Whynne is specifically named. Although I kind of prefer the idea that it was left out for the purpose of trolling.

Jonas Jorgensen July 7 2010 16:55Reply

Hmmm, I find them quite funny.

But also kind of different and new. Im sure paintet editions could sell good.