Year created:

1997 generator

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 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 generator yields radically different results,

according to the search methods and search engines it uses.

generator raises essential questions about the medium of the Internet,

specifically the issues of authorship and authenticity. - Lauren Cornell