Earlier this month, the artist Steve Lambert created
his own 404 error page titled, The Most Awkward
404 Not Found Page on The Internet. Wrapping up at approximately
6 minutes and 20 seconds, Lambert passes through multiple phases of dead-end
questions, small talk, and suggestions that point to the basics of web browsing
and encourage you to move on and navigate to more “cool stuff”. Taken as a
performance nested into a default error page, Lambert's limited set up reveals
what might be a minimalist artist's studio. With cheeky self-aware lines
Lambert reminds us that he is "an artist" and that he's not "pretentious".
This kind of minimal set up and ironic self-reference combined with instructions to the viewer is
reminiscent of Vito Acconci's 1973 video, Theme Song. Although unlike Acconci, Lambert takes a neutral position inviting visitors to hang out or head to another page. Just as a 404 error page, in
its most basic form, serves as a home for the absence of content and misguided
navigations, Lambert's video is reminiscent of time both before and after a
performance where everyone involved is waiting for something else to happen.