[NetBehaviour] corps_checker by Wayne Clements.

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Tue Nov 18 22:57:09 CET 2008

corps_checker by Wayne Clements

As a service to the artworld, in a time of considerable uncertainty,
corps_checker anxiously takes the pulse of the business benefactor.

corps_checker is a response to the credit crunch and the promises of the
creative economy. A script running on the arnolfini server tests the
state of corporate sponsorship by 'pinging' the servers of companies
listed on the UK Art & Business web site. There is no way to evade a
ping test. If the company folds as a result of the credit crunch, a
negative result is registered. The work exists as a sort of virtual
corporate monitoring organisation watching potential business donors for
signs of keeling over. Ultimately the work becomes a test of what lasts
longest: capitalism or the software program.

corps_checker is a project.arnolfini commission.

Wayne CLEMENTS is a visual artist and a writer. His artworks have been
shown in many festivals and exhibitions of electronic art. un_wiki
received the Award of Distinction, Net Vision, Prix Ars Electronica
(2006), and was shown in Connecting Worlds, ICC Gallery Tokyo (2006), in
a specially commissioned Japanese language version. His artworks have
been shown recently in Madrid, Barcelona, and Athens; notably also in
Valencia where logo_wiki was part of the curated presentation antisocial

Wayne is a Research Fellow at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.  

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