Global Living Diary of Digital Art

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Gerald O'Connell, R2001 member


The real new opportunity is for artists to meet each other from other >parts of the planet. One can really now see the scope of one's chosen >medium and the relative strength of one's own work. Blue ribbons in >local shows and a mention of such and such awards just don't measure up >anymore. Through coordinated resources r2001 members can show about, >become more mobile, show their work any place on the planet as long as >there is a sponsoring member on the spot, willing to work. >The pluralistic natures of such a diverse group lends itself to the >range of work in the group, which if not handled propertly, visually and >intellectually, could produce disasterous exhbitions. The group should >devote some thought and time to spearhead an effort to bring the Net >itself into the arena of Subject Matter. Call it some sort of "Web Art" >or "Cyberism". The concept can help unite the multitudes of media that >uniquely express it. The world public has heard so much of this >Internet and high technology. They have seen millions of pictures on >the Web but not of the Web. The time is ripe for their fixation on >exhibition that exists to display cyberexperiences as art, no matter >what media used to create the online art appreciation. > >Pygoya, gatekeeper of Lighthome Hawaii > >June, 1998


I think there is a lot of value in this line of thinking - I would like to see a public exhibition at a major institution that consisted solely of more than 100 monitors (one for every LightHome would be nice) in a single video-wall array, at the end of a long dark hall. Visitors would enter at the opposite end. The array would appear from that distance as a single screen. The only light in the room would be that from the screens. As they approach the array, it becomes apparent to visitors that the display is of a scanning and scrolling movement through every page of every member's Website, but the individual monitors are all randomly phased so that no two are at the same point (except sometimes by accident - just like when Aleksi forgets himself and agrees with me about something) in the display at the same time. I think it would be an awe-inspiring sight, like a digital Tower of Babel.... Seiji, I wish we could honour you as originator of the R2001 idea by having such an exhibition in Tokyo in the year 2001.... Can we sell the idea to ICC ? Gerald O'Connell