Johannes P Osterhoff


Member Since October 25, 2009

Johannes P Osterhoff is not a media but an interface artist. His middle initial currently stands for performance. Since January 1, he publishes all of his Google search queries in a one-year public online performance called "Google".

From the manifesto:

"I, Johannes P Osterhoff, shall do a one year performance piece. The piece is called Google and documents all searches I perform with the search engine of the same name. The performance shall start on January 1 and shall end on December 31, 2011.
I shall not use undocumented ways to use the search engine Google during this time.
Each of my search queries shall create a webpage that is indexed by this search engine and thus makes my searches publicly available as search results for everybody. Search queries can be ordered and bought. They shall cost 99 cents each."

Earlier works:

Since the rounded buttons of Windows were replaced by cornered ones, he keeps a wary eye on the more and more baroque graphical user interfaces of contemporary pop culture media.

He borrowed the "Submit Button" from Windows and rebuilt it in real space to memorialized the web’s first user generation (2003). Images of his "Aqua" series (since 2005) consist exclusively of elements from the colorful Apple operating systems. Its counterpart, "Aero" from 2007, encapsulated Windows’ iconic overpopulation, and the Defence Project (since 2008) captures the mania for security on interface level. Recent works like the adbusting "Freedom from Porn" or the game "Tell 2.0" are artistic statements on the user experience of closed platforms.

His projects have been exhibited at festivals, art fairs, in galleries, and the scientific context alike. He lives in Berlin, researches at Hasso-Plattner-Institut in Potsdam and lectures Interface Design at Berliner Technische Kunsthochschule and at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart.

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